TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Preliminary hearing for Franklin Regional stabbing suspect postponed until June 4

Submitted
All 1,240 Franklin Regional Senior High School students received small, clear bags with a district logo on Monday, May 5, 2014, to carry clothes for gym class, cords for their electronic devices and other items. #1 Cochran car dealership donated about 2,000 bags, enough for the district to save any extras for next year's freshman class.
Monday, May 5, 2014, 11:24 p.m.
 

The preliminary hearing for a Franklin Regional Senior High School sophomore accused of trying to kill 20 classmates and a school security guard in a stabbing rampage has been delayed for a second time.

At the request of defense attorney Pat Thomassey, the hearing for Alex Hribal, which was scheduled to be held Friday, was moved to 9 a.m. June 4 before Export District Judge Charles Conway at the Westmoreland County Courthouse.

“We have mental health people involved with Alex, and there's no hurry. He's not going anywhere,” Thomassey said.

Although Hribal, 16, is charged as an adult, he has been held in the county's juvenile detention center since his arrest on April 9, shortly after authorities accused him of running down school hallways with two 8-inch kitchen knives, randomly slashing students.

Two students remain in fair condition in Forbes Hospital in Monroeville — Connor Warwick, 16, and Greg Keener, 15, who was moved back into an intensive care unit during the weekend for monitoring.

The defense previously indicated it would waive Hribal's right to a hearing, but Thomassey said plans may change because prosecutors filed a new complaint to include 21 charges of attempted homicide.

Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck said all 21 victims could be called to testify at the preliminary hearing.

With the criminal case against Hribal on hold for now, Franklin Regional administrators took steps to increase transparency by distributing plastic backpacks on Monday to more than 1,200 high school students for use during the school day.

The clear backpacks with black trim arrived as a donation from the #1 Cochran car dealership in Monroeville.

The backpacks will replace small drawstring bags that students were permitted to carry for items such as gym clothes or cords for their electronic devices.

Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Staff writer Renatta Signorini contributed to this report.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Pirates’ Worley tosses 4-hit shutout vs. Giants
  2. Steelers notebook: Team hasn’t called on Keisel, Harrison yet
  3. Grand jury report says Western Psych failed to cooperate with police
  4. 5 stocks that join value, growth
  5. Steelers hoping that youth movement breathes life into team
  6. Tarentum fire hits vehicles, garage
  7. UPMC, Pittsburgh drop tax-status fight
  8. Review: New Music Ensemble presents 23 short pieces
  9. Undefeated West Mifflin set to open American Legion state tournament
  10. Rain postpones Monday’s Fayette County Baseball League playoff games
  11. Hiring in shale industry shifts to skilled workers
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.