Casey Brezik won't be going to trial for stabbing a community-college official, and the Star reported that Brezik has been committed to the Missouri Department of Mental Health.
Nixon, who was scheduled to speak at
the Penn Valley campus but canceled
after learning of the attack. Brezik is accused of attacking 55-year-old Al Dimmitt Jr., who has recovered from his injuries. He's also accused of nicking the
school's chancellor, Mark James, who was trying to pull
Brezik off Dimmitt.
Mental-health professionals will reportedly evaluate Brezik and give the
court a recommendation about his competency in six months. All of this
is to say right now, Brezik apparently doesn't understand what's going
on. The Star's report says he lashed out, telling the judge, "Do whatever
you want. It doesn't matter now." He also yelled, "They're hiding the
truth," as he was being led from the courtroom.
Brezik's commitment isn't a surprise given that he was reportedly diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in 2006 and has
been in mental hospitals at least four times. Brezik started
attending MCC-Penn Valley three weeks prior to the stabbing. No one
considered him a