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Judge: Hanukkah attack suspect may need death-penalty lawyer

Grafton Thomas

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - A judge says a man charged in a bloody attack on a Hanukkah celebration may need attorneys specializing in death penalty cases if a stabbing victim dies.

U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel raised the subject Monday during a court hearing for Grafton Thomas after he pleaded not guilty to federal hate crime charges.

Thomas has been charged in the attack at a rabbi's home that left five people wounded.

One victim remains in a coma. Thomas' lawyer says he may argue that his client is not mentally competent for trial because he can't comprehend the charges.

Associated Press

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