GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — An Oct. 6 trial has been set for a 16-year-old boy charged in a mass stabbing at a Pennsylvania high school.
But that date could be postponed because the defense attorney for Alex Hribal has said he plans to ask a Westmoreland County judge to move the case to juvenile court. Even if that doesn’t happen, the court proceedings to decide that issue are likely to delay the trial.
Hribal is charged with stabbing 20 fellow students and a security guard at Franklin Regional High School outside Pittsburgh. Four students were critically injured, but all have recovered.
Hribal faces decades in prison if he’s convicted as an adult in the April 9 attack. In juvenile court, he could be incarcerated only until he’s 21.
Hribal’s attorney and the district attorney didn’t immediately return calls Wednesday.