Rockland County judge rules Grafton Thomas remains incompetent to stand trial in Monsey Hanukkah stabbings

During a hearing, the judge adjourned the case against Grafton Thomas until December of next year.

Maia Noah

Jan 18, 2024, 1:39 AM

Updated 177 days ago

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A Rockland County judge has ruled an Orange County man remains incompetent to stand trial in the 2019 Hanukkah stabbings in Monsey. 
During a hearing, the judge adjourned the case against Grafton Thomas until December of next year. 
Thomas is charged with attacking five Hasidic Jewish men with a machete in a rabbi's home. One of the victims, a 72-year-old man, died months later. 
Thomas faces second-degree murder charges and federal hate crime charges. 
Thomas is currently a patient at the Mid-Hudson Psychiatric Center. 
An update is to be presented to a federal judge next month. 
Thomas pleaded not guilty to the charges. 


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