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Judge: Monsey Hanukkah attack suspect may need death-penalty lawyer

Monsey stabbing suspect Grafton Thomas
Posted at 2:08 PM, Jan 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-13 17:42:14-05

MONSEY, NY — A man charged in a bloody attack on a Hanukkah celebration may need attorneys specializing in death penalty cases if a stabbing victim dies, a judge said.

U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel raised the subject Monday during a court hearing for Grafton Thomas after he pleaded not guilty to federal hate crime charges.

Thomas has been charged in the attack at a rabbi's home that left five people wounded. One victim remains in a coma.

Thomas' lawyer said he may argue that his client is not mentally competent for trial because he can't comprehend the charges.