Man accused of stabbing police officer to remain at Bridgewater State Hospital

Jeffrey Torres shows signs of schizophrenia, doctor says

Jeffrey Torres
Jeffrey Torres is seen in this WWLP file image during his March 21, 2016 arraignment at Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown.

BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (WWLP) – A hearing was held Friday at Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown, in the case against the man accused of stabbing a South Hadley police officer.

Jeffrey Torres
Jeffrey Torres is seen in this WWLP file image during his March 21, 2016 arraignment at Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown.

Twenty-nine year-old Jeffrey Torres of Holyoke was not present for Friday’s hearing. His attorney waived his right to be in the courtroom.

An hour before the hearing, Torres underwent a psychiatric evaluation to determine his competence. The court’s medical expert found through testing, Torres showed signs that were consistent with schizophrenia.  Torres discussed methods of harming himself, however has never acted violent while being held.

The doctor told the court sending Torres away to a correctional facility would his heighten his anxiety, and could cause him to act on these indicated impulses. The court ruled that Torres will stay at Bridgewater State Hospital.

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Another hearing is scheduled for May 24 at Eastern Hampshire District Court to discuss whether Torres should remain held.

A not guilty plea was entered for Torres at his arraignment March 21. Torres is charged with attempted murder after he allegedly stabbed Officer Christopher Roberts in the neck at the Newton Street Dunkin’ Donuts on March 18.

Officer Roberts shot Torres twice.

Both men have since recovered.

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