'Hammer attack' suspect competent for trial

July 7, 2009 10:10:47 AM PDT
Thomas Scantling, the man of accused of attacking a subway passenger with a hammer, has been deemed competent to stand trial.That ruling came Tuesday. Doctors from Norristown State Hospital say Scantling can stand trial as long as he's receiving treatment and medication.

Scantling, 27, faces a preliminary hearing on July 29 on charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault.

Police say he attacked Dewayne Taylor on the subway back in September.

The brutal attack was caught on surveillance video.

RELATED VIDEO: Hammer attacked caught on tape (WARNING: Graphic content)

Taylor appeared to be attacked for no reason.

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