Yesterday was a pre-trial hearing for Alex Hribal. He’s accused of stabbing 20 students at Franklin Regional Senior High School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania. Hribal has been charged as an adult. The hearing is part of a process to determine if he would be better suited in juvenile court since he was 16 at the time of the crime.
Defense psychiatrist Dr. Christine Martone testified Hribal believed he was being “egged on or controlled by Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris from hell.”
At least he got their location right. This doesn’t surprise me as I’ve seen grown people on columbiner forums have convinced themselves that they’ve been visited by the spirits of Harris and Klebold. One woman even claimed that she had ghost sex with Klebold and had his ghost babies. I wish I still had the link to that because it was comedy gold, but I digress.
As with most columbiners, Hribal didn’t have an original thought in hi head when it came to the date of the attack…
The defense experts said Hribal was fascinated with the April 1999 shooting massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado. Klebold and Harris killed themselves after killing 13 others, and Hribal carried out his attack on April 9, Harris’ birthday, only because school was out on his preferred target date, April 20, 2014, the 15th anniversary of Columbine.
Also not surprised about the date either because outside of April 20th the other high unholy days for the columbiners are April 9th and September 11th, the birthdays of Harris and Klebold respectively. Don’t believe me? Just read a few of these. (1) (2) (3)
Of course the psychiatrist for the defense is saying that Hribal is responding well to treatment and expresses remorse for what he did and would fare better in juvenile detention with treatment. Right. While we’re talking about what he did let’s hear from some of his victims who testified at the hearing.
Here’s how the injuries of 17-year-old Greg Keener were described…
One of 20 students stabbed by a high school classmate testified that the wound to his torso was so severe teachers couldn’t apply pressure to stop the bleeding — because his liver was protruding from it.
Then there was 17-year-old Kate Lonergan who described the events of that day like this…
“It was wet, and I could feel that my lip wasn’t attached to my face anymore,” she said.
Of the six victims that testified yesterday most said they didn’t even know him, as is usual in these attacks, and all of them said that they believe Hribal should be tried in adult court.
You’re damn right he should. In a perfect world you don’t get to eviscerate children and see the light of day again. I doubt many of his victims could handle the fact that if he was tried in juvenile court that he’d be out in less than 4 years.
UPDATE 5/17/2016: A judge has upheld the court’s previous decision to try Hribal as an adult.
UPDATE 6/11/2016: The presiding judge has denied the defense team permission to file an appeal to bring the case to juvenile court.
UPDATE 6/23/2016: Hribal’s trial has been set for August 1st.
UPDATE 2/3/2017: Earlier today, a judge ruled that Hribal can’t plead guilty but mentally ill. He either has to plead guilty or go to trial.
UPDATE 4/1/2017: Hribal’s trial is set for August 7th. He faces 21 counts of attempted murder.
UPDATE 7/18/2017: The trial has been pushed back tentatively to September.