Wayne Treacy Trial Begins

Teen accused of beating Josie Ratley to use insanity defense

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    The trial began Monday for a South Florida teen accused of almost beating another teenager to death outside Deerfield Beach Middle School. Wayne Treacy, 17, has been charged as an adult with attempted murder in the March 17, 2010 attack on Josie Ratley at a bus stop outside the school. Defense attorney Russell Williams said PTSD robbed the teenager of control of emotions and actions.

    The trial began Monday for a South Florida teen accused of almost beating another teenager to death outside Deerfield Beach Middle School. 

    Wayne Treacy, 17, has been charged as an adult with attempted murder in the March 17, 2010 attack on Josie Ratley at a bus stop outside the school.

    Wayne Treacy Trial Begins Monday

    [MI] Wayne Treacy Trial Begins Monday
    If convicted at a trial that begins Monday, Treacy could get 50 years in prison. If not, he likely would still spend years in a state mental institution, possibly even as long as he would spend in prison, attorneys and legal experts say.

    Police said Treacy sought out Ratley, who was 15 at the time, after she sent him text messages about his older brother, Michael, who had recently committed suicide.

    Ratley suffered severe brain damage in the attack and spent over 40 days at the pediatric intensive care unit at Broward General Medical Center.

    Wayne Treacy to Use Insanity Defense in Attack on Josie Ratley

    [MI] Wayne Treacy to Use Insanity Defense in Attack on Josie Ratley
    The attorney for Deerfield Beach teen Wayne Treacy, who is accused of beating classmate Ratley nearly to death, will be using a temporary insanity defense at trial after a judge granted his motion during a status hearing Wednesday.

    Treacy cried during prosecutor Maria Schneider's opening statements on Monday in the trial, which was attended by Ratley's mother and Treacy's parents.

    "He grabbed her head by the hair and started smashing it to the surface...kicked her head as if it were a soccer ball and stomped on it as if he was putting out a fire."

    Defense attorneys say Treacy was not in control of what he was doing at the time of the attack. They intend to use an insanity defense.

    "He was generally a nice kid, but after his brother died, things changed," said attorney Russell Williams.

    Williams said PTSD robbed the teenager of control of emotions and actions. None of Treacy's friends, who received text messages about his intent to hurt Ratley, thought he would commit the crime.

    His girlfriend at the time, Taylor Gulotta, testified about a text message she said she received from him just after the assault.

    "He said, 'I just tried to kill someone,'" she said in court Monday.

    Treacy has been held without bond since the attack. He faces up to 50 years behind bars if convicted.

    Meanwhile, Treacy's friend, William Luft testified that Treacy texted him that he would snap Ratley's neck and "stomp her head."