Alleged Stabber's Attorney: 'He Is Scared, Confused'

Hribal family attorney, Patrick Thomassey, talks to George Stephanopoulos.
3:32 | 04/10/14

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Transcript for Alleged Stabber's Attorney: 'He Is Scared, Confused'
We are joined now by Alex Hribal's attorney. Thank you so much for joining us this morning. Has your client given you any sense at all of why he did this? Quite frankly, George, yesterday, I only got to spend about 20 minutes with him before his arraignment. We were looking for him most of the day to find out where the police had him. At this point, he's confused, scared, depressed. You know, the next few days, we'll try to figure out what the heck happened here. I assume your client is not denying he did this. Does he understand what he did? I think he understands what he did. I don't think he, at this point, understands the gravity of what he did. I don't think he realizes how severely injured some of these people are. And hopefully, there's no death involved in any of these. We're praying that everybody is all right. Has he expressed any remorse? We didn't have a chance to talk that much about it. He's more confused and frightened. Everything happened so quickly. He was taken into custody and taken to the hospital. And so, I'm sure that as he wakes up this morning, he'll start to sink in where he is now. And what's going to happen to him. I know you're going to try to move this case to juvenile court. Isn't that going to be difficult? Under Pennsylvania law he can be tried as an adult. Well, under Pennsylvania law, he is charged as an adult and can be tried as an adult. And the burden is on the defense to try to convince a judge to send it to the juvenile system, where there would be better -- for rehabilitation purposes. So, we're going to try to do that. They would have jurisdiction over him until he's 21 years old. I talked to two students earlier this morning. They said they saw no indication at all that he'd been bullied. Do you have any? No. No. We have heard that rumor also. At this point, no. But you know, we're very early on in this, George. I'm going to spend a lot of time with this young man and try to figure out what we're going to do with this whole thing. And from that, what's your best sense of what kind of defense you can mount right now? Psychological defense? I would assume so, yes. Depending upon what the experts tell me. Right now, I'm trying to find someone who wants to become involved with this family and this young man. And I'm sure they'll have that by the end of the day today. I know you've also spent some time with Alex's parents. Do they have anything they want the public to know right now? They want to know that everybody should know how horrified they are. By this. They send their best wishes to anybody involved in this. They could not have predicted this was going to happen. They don't understand how this occurred. They haven't seen their son yet. I'm hoping to get them to see their son today. Mr. Thomassey, thanks very much for your time this morning.

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