Trial of woman charged in knife attack on bus postponed 

  • Brietta Brown, who is accused of slashing the throats of two bus passengers in May 2018, stands next to Alan Rubin, her attorney, in Hampshire Superior Court on Monday. STAFF PHOTO/BERA DUNAU

Staff Writer
Published: 12/16/2019 2:59:01 PM

NORTHAMPTON – The trial of a woman accused of slashing the throats of two people on a Pioneer Valley Transit Authority bus last year was postponed after the defendant was found not mentally competent. 

The bench trial of Brietta Brown, 27, of Chicopee, was set to begin Monday, with Brown being tried before Judge Richard Carey on two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and one count of assault and battery.

The trial was postponed, however, after Michael Brezsnyak, a forensic psychologist, testified that he had concerns about Brown’s competency. He recommended that the court consider a finding of incompetence and that Brown be hospitalized. 

Carey ordered that Brown be held at a mental health facility. Brown will be held at the Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital. She is scheduled to next appear before the court on Jan. 3. 

Brown is alleged to have slashed the throats of two passengers with a knife on a PVTA bus in Hadley in May of 2018 in an allegedly unprovoked attack. Brown was then disarmed by multiple people, one of whom was the bus driver, who allegedly suffered minor cuts to his hands before being transported to the hospital because he reported chest pain, according to police. 

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