Attorney seeks mental health treatment for Franklin Regional stabbing suspect

The attorney for the 16-year-old sophomore charged in the April knife attack at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville filed documents in court Friday asking a judge to allow the teen to move to a facility for mental health treatment.

Defense attorney Patrick Thomassey wrote in the motion that Alex Hribal continues to "deteriorate" in the Westmoreland County juvenile detention center, where he has been held since his arrest.

Forensic psychiatrist Christine Martone, who evaluated the teen, found he suffers from a depressive disorder, a personality disorder and an acne problem, the attorney wrote.

“The juvenile demonstrated a factual as well as a rational understanding of the charges against him,” Mr. Thomassey wrote, citing Dr. Martone's observations. “However, given his flat affect, his inability to relate, his impaired judgment, his episodic suicidal idealization, his sense of hopelessness and helplessness, he does not demonstrate the capacity to cooperate with his attorney.”

Mr. Thomassey is asking Common Pleas Judge Richard McCormick of Westmoreland County for a hearing on the requested move to Adelphoi Village, a secure residential treatment facility in Derry.

Westmoreland County taxpayers would pay the costs associated with the teen's treatment, he wrote in the motion.

Alex, accused of slashing or stabbing 20 students and a security guard before the start of classes April 9, is charged with 21 counts each of attempted homicide and aggravated assault and a count of possession of a weapon on school property. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Mr. Thomassey has said he plans to petition to move the case to juvenile court.

Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck could not be reached.

First Published June 27, 2014 12:00 AM


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