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Trial date set for Franklin Regional stabbing suspect

| Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, 5:03 p.m.

A trial date is set for the Franklin Regional teen accused in a mass stabbing in April at the high school.

The criminal trial for Alex Hribal, 16, of Murrysville, is scheduled to begin Oct. 6 in Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court, five days after his 17th birthday.

He faces 21 counts each of attempted murder and aggravated assault and a weapon charge.

According to court documents, a judge had not been assigned to the case as of Tuesday afternoon. Hribal's attorney, Patrick Thomassey, requested a jury trial.

Hribal is accused of stabbing and slashing 20 students and a security guard with two kitchen knives before classes began on April 9 at Franklin Regional High School. There were no fatalities but several students were seriously injured.

Thomassey has said he plans to petition to move the trial to juvenile court. He could not be reached on Tuesday.

Hribal is being held without bond at the juvenile center in Greensburg. He entered a not-guilty plea in June.

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-871-2365, or dkurutz@tribweb.com.

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