Damon Thompson, the UCLA suspect who allegedly stabbed his classmate 5 times and slashed her throat, has been charged with premeditated murder. Twenty year old Thompson is on a $1 million bail on suspicion of attempted murder.
The 20 year old female victim whose identity has not been revealed was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in critical condition after the incidence. She seems to be recovering steadily.
“Our patient is now out of the intensive care unit and out of danger — and she is in good condition,” Dr. Henry Gill Cryer, professor and chief of trauma surgery at the hospital, said today.] Source: latimesblogs.latimes.com
Despite earlier reports of argument between the two, it is now believed that the attack was unprovoked. There is further speculation about Thompson’s mental health, as reported by a professor some months back.
UCLA professor Stephen Frank, who taught Thompson in his Western Civilization class, said Saturday he told a university administrator 10 months ago that he was concerned about Thompson’s mental health after receiving e-mails from the student.
In the e-mails, Thompson complained to Frank that classmates sitting around him had been disruptive and made offensive comments to him while he was taking a written exam, Frank said. In one of the e-mails, Thompson also accused Frank of taunting him.
“I believe I heard you, Professor Frank, say that I was ‘troubled’ and ‘crazy’ among other things,” Thompson wrote in the e-mail. “My outrage at this situation coupled with the pressure of the very weighted examination dulled my concentration and detracted from my performance.”
Frank denied Thompson’s claims and told administrators the e-mails indicated Thompson was in need of help, urging university officials to take action. Frank said he was told other professors had reported similar exchanges with Thompson, who complained he was constantly taunted by students across campus — in dorms, dining areas and the library.