POMPANO BEACH (CBSMiami) – The trial of a Pompano Beach teen accused of beating and nearly stomping to death Josie Ratley in 2010 has been pushed back.
During a hearing on Monday the judge reset Wayne Treacy’s trial, which was supposed to get underway in February, for May. The next hearing in the case will be March 21st.
Treacy has pleaded not guilty to the attack and his attorney, Russell Williams, has said he plans to use insanity as a defense.
Treacy allegedly attacked Ratley on March 17th at the bus stop in front of Deerfield Beach Middle School after a heated exchange of text messages. Both were 15-years old at the time.
The teen has reportedly admitted that he rode a bike to the school to confront Ratley after receiving a text message from her phone telling him to “go visit” his dead brother referring to his older brother’s body, which was found hanging from a tree in front of a church five months earlier.
Treacy reportedly told psychologist Michael Brannon when he received the text message, “an explosion went off inside” and he put on his brother’s clothes and steel-toe boots, which he used to kick Ratley in the head. Ratley suffered irreversible brain damage from the attack.
Treacy is charged with first degree attempted murder and could face up to 50 years in prison if convicted.