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Testimony: Suspect who stabbed nurse at hospital howled at moon

| Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, 10:48 a.m.

BETHLEHEM — A man who stabbed a Pennsylvania hospital nurse who had treated him weeks before went outside after the attack, walked in circles and howled at the moon.

That was the testimony of nurse Brigid McNamara at Tuesday's preliminary hearing for 19-year-old Joshua Santos.

Santos' defense attorney says his client is mentally ill and didn't contest a judge's decision on Wednesday to order Santos to stand trial on attempted homicide and other charges in the June 30 stabbing at Lehigh Valley Health Network-Muhlenberg.

Santos is accused of stabbing another nurse, Leo Bermudez, in the neck with a 5-inch kitchen knife. Bermudez has recovered.

Santos was apparently upset that Bermudez had to insert a catheter while treating Santos four weeks earlier.

Defense attorney Gavin Holihan says, “This is really a mental health issue.”

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