Man accused of stabbing South Hadley officer pleads not guilty

Torres has already undergone a psychiatric evaluation

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

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – 29-year-old Jeffrey Torres of Holyoke pleaded not guilty to an attempted murder charge in  Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday.    A Grand Jury returned an indictment against Torres..

Torres is accused of stabbing a South Hadley Police officer in a Newton Street Dunkin Donuts in South Hadley on March 18th. Officer Christopher Roberts shot Torres twice. Both have since recovered from their wounds.

Torres’ Attorney, Alfred Chamberlain, told Judge Daniel Ford on Tuesday that he will use the psychological reports from a medical expert to argue that his client cannot be held criminally responsible.

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

Torres’ psychiatric evaluation found he displayed signs that were consistent with schizophrenia.  He has been in Bridgewater State Hospital ever since his first court appearance in March. He will remain there while awaiting further court action.

A pretrial hearing was set for July 18th. Until then he is being held without bail.

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