Timothy Wells, the 25-year-old from Woburn who allegedly stabbed two people on a Salem State University shuttle bus last September, is expected be found not guilty by reason of insanity.
According to The Salem News, “the outcome of the trial is all but certain.’’ Yesterday, lawyers on both sides asked the judge to waive Wells’ right to a trial by jury, which was granted. Wells will instead be tried before a judge beginning December 8. He is currently being held at Bridgewater State Hospital.
On September 25, 2013, Wells, then a senior at Salem State, allegedly stabbed a female passenger on the school’s campus shuttle. He also attacked the driver who had tried to assist the woman. Wells was not believed to have known the victim, who suffered minor injuries in the attack. He was arrested later that day in New York state. Wells had been on leave from the school at the time of the attack and campus police had checked on his “psychiatric well-being’’ in the weeks leading up to the alleged assault, following his arrest by Salem police for possession of a knife.
Wells is charged with two counts of assault and battery and one count of attempted murder.
Read The Salem News report here.