Florida Attempted Murder Charge May Have Been the Result of a Mental Illness

A Florida man was arrested for attempted murder after stabbing his 6-year-old son. Jacksonville Florida News reports that Xavier Thomas has been accused of stabbing his on over 20 times on New Year’s Eve. The wounds were not life-threatening. A family member stated that Thomas is being treated for mental illness. Details of the case are still unfolding; however it is likely that his mental illness will play a role in his defense of this Florida attempted murder charge. Thomas’ mental illness may result in an insanity defense or negate the specific intent to commit this crime. Additionally, he may be incompetent to defend his Florida criminal case.

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