Brain abnormality may be blamed for death

Dec. 17, 2004 at 11:03 AM

MIAMI, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- A teenager accused in the slashing death of another Miami middle school student is undergoing tests to try to find a growth in his brain.

A neuro-psychologist hired by the defense suspects Michael Hernandez, 14, may have a brain abnormality that causes violent impulses, The Miami Herald reported Friday.

If that turns out to be the case, attorney Richard Rosenbaum said it could lead to a defense of insanity.

Hernandez already has received a PET scan but results of most of the tests won't be ready until next month.

Miami Circuit Judge Henry Leyte-Vidal has ruled Hernandez is competent to stand trial as an adult.

He is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of 14-year-old Jaime Gough, who was stabbed to death in February in a restroom at Southwood Middle School.

Hernandez's trial date has been set for May 9.

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