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Franklin Co. Grand Jury Indicts Gay St. Stabber, 10 Felony Counts
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A Franklin County Grand Jury has returned an indictment on the man charged in the mid-March stabbings downtown.
John Mallett, 37, faces 10 felony counts related to the March 14 stabbings at a downtown Columbus office building. Five of those counts are for attempted murder.
Four for each of the stabbing victims Franklin County Prosecutor Ron Oâ€™Brien said, and one for Columbus Police Officer Deborah Ayers.
â€œShe was treated by the grand jury as a victim as well since he came at her wielding knives,” O’Brien said.
Ayers shot Mallett multiple times before he was captured.
Mallett’s father has said his son is schizophrenic and might have been under stress at the time of the stabbings.
Oâ€™Brien said whether Mallettâ€™s mental health will be used as part of his defense likely would be brought up by his attorneys at next weekâ€™s arraignment.
â€œIf you are competent to stand trial then you could have an examination requested regarding whether at the time of the offense due to a mental illness you knew the difference between right and wrong,” O’Brien said.
Investigators say Mallett carried three knives into 150 East Gay Street, which houses a career college and offices for Ohio attorney general staff. They say the attack appeared to be random.
Oâ€™Brien said Mallett faces a 55-year prison sentence. He is being held on $5 million bond.