Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Hribal Seeks to Plead Guilty but Mentally Ill

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Hribal Seeks to Plead Guilty but Mentally Ill

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The defense attorney for Alex Hribal, charged in the 2014 knife attack at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, has asked a judge for a hearing to change his plea in the case to guilty but mentally ill.

The 18-year-old from Murrysville pleaded not guilty to 21 counts each of attempted homicide and aggravated assault after police said he stabbed or cut 20 classmates and a security guard on April 9, 2014, with a pair of kitchen knives. His attorney, Patrick Thomassey, filed the motion Friday to schedule the hearing.

Mr. Hribal was to have faced trial Monday in Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court, but the case has been postponed to Oct. 3.

"I intend to react to the evidence he presents on this issue," said Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck. …

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