High School Stabbing Suspect Competent To Stand Trial

By: WOWT 6 News Email
By: WOWT 6 News Email

A 17-year-old girl charged with stabbing a classmate at Lincoln Pius X High School last fall has been judged competent to stand trial.

Judge Steven Burns issued the ruling Wednesday in Lancaster County District Court after reviewing a letter from a psychiatrist. Burns didn't release the letter for public view. Prosecutors had sought the evaluation.

Police say Sarah Piccolo attacked 17-year-old Ellen Kopetzky with a knife and hammer in a school restroom on October 7th. Piccolo didn't say anything before, during or after the assault. Piccolo fled and was arrested the next day in Yates Center, Kansas. She allegedly told witnesses and law enforcement that she planned on hurting others before killing herself.

The judge has already rejected a defense request to have the case moved to juvenile court. Piccolo has pleaded not guilty to felony assault and weapons charges.

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