PITTSBURGH (AP) – A Western Pennsylvania jury has heard a recorded interview in which a defendant told authorities that he felt “euphoric” after slashing the throat of a Pittsburgh bicyclist.
Twenty-three-year-old Anthony Scholl of West Mifflin is charged in Allegheny County with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and reckless endangering in the September 2012 attack.
In the interview with authorities nearly two months after the slashing, Scholl said he became enraged following a traffic dispute with the cyclist and “was hearing loud voices in my head telling me to hurt him.”
Afterward, he said, he felt “like I was high or drunk or something.”
Defense attorney Ryan Tutera has argued that the statement was coerced and due to a mental health condition. Scholl’s previous attorney testified Tuesday that he believed Scholl was “mentally unwell.”