WINCHESTER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The murder trial for Jeffrey Yao, the man accused of stabbing a woman to death at Winchester Public Library, is set to begin on Wednesday.
Deane Stryker, 22, was killed at the library in 2018. She was a medical student at the University of New England.
Prosecutors said Yao, who was 23 at the time, stabbed Stryker and an elderly man who tried to help her. The man was hurt, but survived.
Yao was charged with first degree murder and was previously ordered held without bail.
There will not be a jury, only a judge, during Wednesday’s trial. It is set to begin at 10 a.m. in Middlesex Superior Court.
In a statement, Yao’s attorney expects “the judge will find Jeffrey not guilty of the charges against him based on his lack of criminal responsibility due to his severe mental illness at the time of the incident.” The defense also expects Yao will be committed to the Bridgewater State Hospital, and could remain there for the rest of his life.
WBZ NewsRadio's Drew Moholland (@DrewWBZ) reports