Patient accused of stabbing Mass. nurse not competent for trial, says judge

A 24-year-old Massachusetts man accused of stabbing a nurse 11 times at Southbridge-based Harrington Hospital was deemed unfit to stand trial, reports MassLive.

Conor O'Regan attended a court arraignment Monday, where he pled not guilty to charges of armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and aggravated assault.

Mr. O'Regan allegedly stabbed emergency department nurse Elise Wilson on June 14 because he was unhappy with care he received at Harrington Hospital three weeks prior for a wrist injury, according to the report.

A court physician in June confirmed Mr. O'Regan had paranoid schizophrenia and believed TVs and radios were sending him messages. Upon reviewing the medical evaluation, Judge Daniel Wrenn ruled Mr. O'Regan not competent for trial.

Mr. O'Regan is being held without bond and will return to Bridgewater (Mass.) State Hospital for further evaluations. He is set to appear in court again next month.

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