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Preliminary hearing for Franklin Regional stabbing suspect rescheduled

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Monday, April 28, 2014, 10:15 a.m.

A preliminary hearing for the Franklin Regional student charged in the April 9 stabbing rampage has been rescheduled for May 9.

Alex Hribal, 16, of Murrysville has been held in Westmoreland County's juvenile detention center since his arrest for allegedly attacking 20 students and a security guard with two 8-inch knives.

Hribal was expected to appear in court on Wednesday, but defense attorney Pat Thomassey sought the delay when prosecutors on Friday added multiple charges of attempted murder.

Police said they found a handwritten letter in Hribal's school locker that outlined his intent to injure classmates.

Hribal is charged as an adult with 21 counts each of attempted homicide and aggravated assault, and one count of possession of a weapon on school property.

Two students who were critically wounded remain patients in Forbes Hospital in Monroeville. Both were in fair condition, a spokesman said.

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