Update: Trial in Stabbing of BU Professor is Postponed


The trial of Abdulsalam al-Zahrani, 46, accused of the fatal stabbing of a Binghamton University professor has been postponed.
An examination by two Broome County psychologists this week determined he is not competent to stand trial.
The trial was to begin on Tuesday.
al-Zahrani will be committed to a state mental health facility.
He could be tried at a future date, if he is deemed to have recovered sufficiently.
Richard Antoun, a professor of anthropology, was murdered in a Science building on the BU campus back in December 2009.
His accused killer was a graduate student apparently distressed over losing funding for a doctoral project.
The defense has indicated that their defense will be based on the psychiatric state of al-Zahrani.
The defendant’s legal expenses are being paid by the consulate of Saudi Arabia.
Al-Zahrani has been in the Broome County jail without bail.

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