Public defender to handle Mo. college stabbing

Thursday, September 23, 2010 | 10:48 a.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY — A man accused of stabbing a Kansas City college official will be represented by the public defender's office.

Twenty-two-year-old Casey Brezik is charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action for the incident last week at Penn Valley Community College. A judge has entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

Brezik's family had contacted a private attorney to potentially represent him. But the state public defender's office said Wednesday it will handle Brezik's case.

Kansas City police say Brezik told them he had intended to attack Gov. Jay Nixon, who was scheduled to visit the college for a news conference. Instead, a college dean was stabbed.


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