KETR Local
9:54 am
Tue November 3, 2009

Student deemed competent to stand murder trial


Tyler – A state district judge has declared a 16-year-old boy competent for trial in the fatal classroom stabbing of a Tyler special education teacher.

The boy is accused of stabbing 50-year-old Todd Henry in the heart in a classroom at John Tyler High School on September 23.

Defense attorney Jim Huggler says the Texas Youth Commission had diagnosed his client as schizophrenic a couple of years ago. However, prosecutor Taylor Heaton said a state hospital found in May the boy to be ``alert and oriented, and his thought process seems goal-directed."