ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - A soldier who was home on leave from Iraq when he stabbed a neighbor half a dozen times in the head and neck is mentally unfit to stand trial.
The state attorney's office in St. Petersburg agreed that 25-year-old Hector Luis Ortiz Jr. is not guilty because of insanity.
The St. Petersburg Times reported Wednesday that prosecutors and the defense attorney are still at odds about whether Ortiz should be locked up in a secure facility to receive mental health treatment, or whether he could be treated in a community setting. That will be discussed in a hearing later.
A psychotherapist said he suffered from post-traumatic stress syndrome at the time of the March 2009 stabbing.
The victim was treated at a hospital and released.
--- Information from: St. Petersburg Times, http://tampabay.com
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