Juvenile status hearing, trial delayed in Franklin Regional stabbings
A Westmoreland County teen charged with trying to kill 20 classmates and a school security guard will next appear in court June 22.
Westmoreland County Judge Chris Feliciani will hear evidence as to whether 17-year-old Alex Hribal should be tried as a juvenile.
Hribal is charged as an adult with 21 counts each of attempted murder and aggravated assault, as well as a weapons offense, for the knife attacks on April 9, 2014, at Franklin Regional High School.
Hribal has been held in the county’s juvenile detention center since his arrest. His defense lawyer maintains the teen should be prosecuted in juvenile court because of his mental condition.
Hribal’s hearing was scheduled to be held Friday, but on April 1 it was delayed when District Attorney John Peck said the stabbing victims wouldn’t be available to testify.
In court documents filed last month, Peck said the victims, some of whom were seriously injured, were taking final exams at Franklin Regional and couldn’t leave school.
Rich Cholodofsky is a Tribune-Review staff reporter. You can contact Rich at 724-830-6293, email@example.com or via Twitter .