Doctors who have examined 16-year-old Alex Hribal since his arrest
have diagnosed him as suffering from a major depressive disorder and
a "schizoid/schizotypal" personality disorder, his lawyer said in
the transfer request filed in court on Friday.
Authorities say Hribal rampaged through Franklin Regional High
School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, on April 9 armed with two
8-inch kitchen knives, stabbing and slashing 20 fellow students and
a security guard before he was subdued by an assistant principal.
Several of the victims were critically injured, though none died.
Murrysville is located about 20 miles east of Pittsburgh.
Hribal, a sophomore, pleaded not guilty earlier this month to 21
counts of attempted homicide and other charges. He has been held
without bail since his arrest at the Westmoreland County juvenile
An affidavit previously filed by prosecutors revealed that Hribal
had left behind a note written days before the attack laying out his
plans for a stabbing frenzy and imagining the "helpless looks" he
would see on his victims' faces.
The affidavit also said the vice principal who confronted the
student recalled that the youth initially refused to relinquish his
knives, saying, "My work is not done. I have more people to kill."
According to the transfer motion, a copy of which was posted online
by local television station WTAE-TV, defense attorney Patrick
Thomassey is seeking to have the boy moved to a secure residential
treatment facility operated by a private, nonprofit agency called
Adelphoi Village in nearby Derry Township.
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Dr. Christine Martone, a physician retained by the defense to
evaluate Hribal, is quoted in the motion as saying the boy
"demonstrated a factual as well as rational understanding of the
charges against him".
However, "he doesn't demonstrate the ability to cooperate with his
attorney," she added, citing the boy's "inability to relate, his
impaired judgment, his episodic suicidal ideation, his sense of
hopelessness and helplessness".
Martone recommended Hribal be moved to a facility where he could
obtain treatment and medication before his trial date. The document
states that another doctor assigned to the case by the court
concurred with Martone's assessment.
(Editing by Steve Gorman)
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