Teen accused of stabbing family deemed incompetent for trial
Jul. 25, 2017
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A teenager charged with barging into a neighbor's house last year and stabbing a married couple and their teenage daughter, killing the husband, has been deemed incompetent to stand trial.
A court order filed last month indicates that expert witnesses for both defense and prosecution agreed that the 15-year-old defendant is incompetent for trial on charges including murder and aggravated assault.
Luzerne County Judge Michael Vough has put the legal proceedings on hold for at least six weeks while the youth receives mental health treatment at a state psychiatric facility.
The Dallas High School freshman is charged in the September 2016 stabbing that killed 45-year-old David Sinoracki and wounded his wife and 17-year-old daughter. Investigators haven't disclosed a possible motive for the attack.