Wayne Treacy Trial to Begin in June

Judge sets date in trial of Deerfield teen accused of attacking girl

By Brian Hamacher
|  Tuesday, May 8, 2012  |  Updated 12:55 PM EDT
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Wayne Treacy in court on Tuesday, May 8, 2012.

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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.

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The trial of a South Florida teen accused of nearly beating another teen to death outside Deerfield Beach Middle School will begin in June, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Jury selection in the trial of Wayne Treacy will begin June 18, with the trial expected to begin June 25, Broward Circuit Judge David Haimes ruled.

The trial had been scheduled to begin in February before it was pushed back to May and now June.

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 Deerfield Beach Middle School.

Police say 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.

Treacy's attorney, Russell Williams, previously filed a motion to use a temporary insanity defense. Williams said Treacy was not in control of what he was doing at the time of the attack.

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

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