PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A woman who has been accused of fatally stabbing her father is mentally incompetent to stand trial, according to a forensic psychiatrist.
27-year-old Christina Nicassio’s attorney said Friday that a forensic psychiatrist deemed Nicassio mentally incompetent, and she will likely go to a state hospital for psychiatric treatment.
“She doesn’t have the ability to communicate with her lawyer, me, to assist in her defense, she has some very serious psychiatric issues going on,” Pat Thomassey said. “It’s very sad, the whole family is so devastated, she and her father were as close as a father and daughter can be.”
This news comes days after Nicassio allegedly hurt herself while in the Allegheny County Jail by repeatedly rushing headfirst at a cell wall. Nicassio’s attorney said that she was sent to Allegheny General Hospital on Monday afternoon after the incident, and she received four stitches in her head.
Nicassio is accused of fatally stabbing her father, 69-year-old Anthony Nicassio, at a home in Plum around 3 a.m. on May 6. Detectives say Christina had recently broken up with her boyfriend, and her parents called 911 to say she was suicidal and had a knife.
According to police, her parents were trying to convince Christina to go to the hospital when she stabbed her father. She later told police that “in a movie, someone who can’t love someone else, they stab their father,” and she mentioned the movie “The Mummy Returns.”