Attorney for Franklin Regional stabbing suspect cites teen's 'delusions'
June 10, 2014 2:46 PM
Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office staff escort Alex Hribal from the magistrate's office after his April 9 arraignment.
By Michael Majchrowicz / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The attorney for the juvenile suspect in April's mass stabbing at a Murrysville high school said information in a warrant unsealed today reinforced notions his client suffered from serious mental health issues.
The warrant revealed investigators sought cell phone data from Alex Hribal, the 16-year-old accused of stabbing and slashing his way through a Franklin Regional High School hallway April 9.
Alex, a sophomore, was arrested and charged as an adult in the attempted homicide of 20 classmates and a school security guard.
“I just saw the warrant this morning, and I think it’s more evidence of this little boy’s problems…and delusions he suffered from,” said Patrick Thomassey, Alex’s attorney. “I think it’s becoming more apparent [Alex] was suffering from serious mental health issues at that time and continues to suffer, quite frankly.”
A forensic examination of the cell phone, according to the warrant, could reveal whether or not others were involved in the incident. It was determined two students received threatening phone calls the evening before the attack.
While serving a search warrant on Alex’s locker on the day of the attack, a cell phone was uncovered as well as a document titled “Ragnarok” – a Norse legend about the end of the world. The contents of the document have yet to be disclosed.
Editor's note: An expletive has been redacted from the search warrant.
Michael Majchrowicz: firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter: @mjmajchrowicz First Published June 10, 2014 1:16 PM