The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

June 5, 2014

Accused hospital stabber to get mental health evaluation

The Herald

SHARPSVILLE — The man accused of stabbing a hospital greeter last fall will be undergoing a mental health evaluation now that his attorney has been given time to plan his defense.

Justin Michael DelFratte was granted a 90-day continuance Tuesday by Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Daniel Wallace at the request of Stephen G. Delpero.

The New Wilmington attorney said he is gathering his client’s records in preparation for an examination. In April, Delpero filed a notice of intent to mount a psychiatric defense of insanity, temporary insanity, or diminished capacity.

DelFratte, 31, of Sharpsville, is charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault. Police said he stabbed Linda Clark in the neck Nov. 10 in the emergency room of Sharon Regional Health System.

Clark, of Hubbard, said at an earlier hearing that doctors told her it could be two years before she is able to move her left arm again.

DelFratte, said by his mother Christine Simon to be mentally ill, is being held in Mercer County Jail.