• Attorney: Franklin Regional stabbing suspect mentally ill

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    MURRYSVILLE, Pa. - The attorney for a teenager accused in a mass stabbing at Franklin Regional High School earlier this year says the 16-year-old boy's mental condition is deteriorating and he needs psychiatric care.

    Attorney Patrick Thomassey filed a petition in Westmoreland County on Friday seeking to have Alex Hribal transferred from a youth detention center to a secure mental health facility.

    The petition says Hribal was diagnosed in May with schizophrenia and a depressive disorder.

    District Attorney John Peck said he will make a decision on whether to oppose the request once he has reviewed the petition.

    Hribal is charged with stabbing 20 fellow students and a security guard at Franklin Regional on April 9. He's charged as an adult in the attack, but his attorney is seeking to have the case transferred to juvenile court.

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