A Lancaster man is headed to trial on attempted homicide and aggravated assault charges regarding stabbings of his father and stepmother, and on numerous mischief charges for a tire-slashing spree.
Daniel E. Frey, 41, recently waived separate preliminary hearings; in turn, two district judges ordered Frey stand trial in Lancaster County.
Frey, of 100 block of North Pine Street, is at Lancaster County Prison on $775,000 bail.
On April 8, Frey stabbed his 76-year-old father at least 9 times in the neck and his 59-year-old stepmother in the hand at their Winthrop Drive home, according to Lancaster city police.
The father sustained severe stab wounds to the neck and required emergency surgery, according to Assistant District Attorney Christine L. Wilson, lead prosecutor. The stepmother had deep wounds to her hand.
Two weeks earlier, residents of North Pine Street called police about a man who was “popping” vehicle tires in the neighborhood. Frey, who lived nearby, was identified as the man involved.
About $2,800 in damages, to 21 vehicles, was reported.
By waiving the preliminary hearings, Frey doesn’t admit guilt but concedes there is evidence to support charges.
City police Detective Matthew Odenthal filed charges of attempted homicide and aggravated assault (2 counts) in the stabbing incidents. City police Sergeant Glenn Stoltzfus filed 21 counts of criminal mischief.
Frey is presumed innocent.
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