PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A trial date is now set for Franklin Regional High School stabbing suspect Alex Hribal.
The trial was originally scheduled to start Monday, but will now begin on Aug. 1.
“We moved it to Aug. 1. to give both sides time to prepare for trial prepare their witnesses,” attorney Pat Thomassey said.
Two years ago, Hribal allegedly stabbed 20 classmates and a security guard with two kitchen knives in the first-floor hallway before the beginning of classes.
A judge previously denied a request by Hribal’s attorneys to move his case to juvenile court.
Hribal’s attorney highly disagrees with the decision.
“Anyone who goes to adult prison with a psychiatric problem, if you think they get help, then you are very much misinformed. All they do is medicate them and warehouse them. That’s why they reoffend,” said Patrick Thomassey. “That’s why it was so important to get Mr. Hribal into the juvenile system where they intensely work with these young people.”
He was 16 years old at the time of the stabbings. He is charged with 21 counts each of attempted homicide and aggravated assault and could face decades in prison if convicted.
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