Jury hears statement of Pittsburgh bicyclist slashing suspect

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In the moments after he slashed the throat of a bicyclist on the South Side, Anthony Scholl told investigators, he felt euphoric.

"I felt euphoric in a way like I was high or drunk or something," he said in a recorded interview taken nearly two months after the Sept. 5, 2012, attack.

The seven-minute recording was played for the jury hearing Mr. Scholl's attempted homicide case this week before Common Pleas Judge Edward J. Borkowski.

Colin Albright was riding his bicycle on the Hot Metal Bridge that night, when Mr. Scholl told police that the cyclist cut him off. "I almost run him over," Mr. Scholl told detectives. "He showed aggression toward me."

So the West Mifflin man followed Mr. Albright, parked his car, and ran after him up a set of city steps.

"We got into a fight, and he had a bicycle. So I pulled out my knife and I had cut him," Mr. Scholl said in the interview. "I was in a daze. I was hearing loud voices in my head telling me to hurt him."

At the end of his recording, Mr. Scholl said he couldn't control his emotions that night. "I didn't mean for things to get out of control like this," he said. "I gave in to becoming a violent person. I don't want to be like that. I'm very remorseful for what I've done."

On Monday, Mr. Albright testified he had four stab wounds in the head that required 14 or 15 staples, as well as another stab wound to the back. His neck also was slashed, requiring 21 stitches.

Defense attorney Ryan Tutera argued prior to trial to get Mr. Scholl's statement suppressed because his client's previous attorney had asked detectives not to speak to him without the lawyer being present. However, the motion was denied because, the court found, only the defendant can invoke the right to counsel.

During his part of the case Tuesday, Mr. Tutera attempted to show the jury that his client's statement was not made voluntarily. He called Mr. Scholl's previous attorney, Dan Joyce, as well as the defendant's mother, Patricia Arlett.

Mr. Joyce testified that he spoke with Pittsburgh homicide detective Hal Boland the day before the Oct. 25, 2012, interview, and told him that he didn't believe Mr. Scholl was mentally sound.

"He was mentally unwell, and it was quite apparent," Mr. Joyce said.

Ms. Arlett, who was present during her son's interview and signed his rights waiver form, testified that detectives offered Mr. Scholl a deal for simple assault in exchange for his giving a statement.

"I had asked about calling a lawyer because Tony already had a lawyer, and I didn't know what was going on," she said. "I asked them if we could wait for the attorney to get there, and they told me 'no.'

"They couldn't wait for him to get there. That that [deal] was now or never."

But Pittsburgh homicide detective James McGee testified that Ms. Arlett never asked if she should call the lawyer first and that he never offered Mr. Scholl a deal for simple assault.

Closing arguments will be heard this morning.

Paula Reed Ward: pward@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2620. First Published March 4, 2014 1:13 PM

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