UT stabbing suspect could make first court appearance Wednesday

It's expected to be the key focus in the case against the man accused of going on a stabbing spree at the University of Texas: whether or not he suffers from psychiatric problems.

AUSTIN - It's an issue that is expected to be the key focus in the case against the man accused of going on a stabbing spree at the University of Texas -- whether or not he suffers from psychiatric problems.

On Wednesday, the stabbing suspect's mental health will be the focus of a court hearing in the case. It could be the first time Kendrex White appears in court.

The hearing will be to discuss whether prosecutors can have him evaluated by the state to determine his mental health status, including whether he may be competent to stand trial in coming months. 

Police said they believe his mental health played a role in the attacks and that he had been involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital in the weeks leading up to the attack.

White remains in the Travis County Jail charged with murder in the May 1 attack that killed a student and injured three others. 

Police said White fatally stabbed 19-year-old Harrison Brown, who died outside Gregory Gym in the heart of the UT campus. UT police officer Eric Park was on his way to patrol a protest when he spotted White, chased him down and arrested him at the doorway of Jester Dorm.

In an interview with KVUE, White's parents said that he had a car accident about five weeks before the attack and was never the same. They had him hospitalized before he returned to campus from his home in Killeen to continue school.

White's attorney tells KVUE he has already been evaluated by a mental health expert as part of his defense team while behind bars. That attorney would not say what that expert found.

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