Ruling Restarts Case Involving Stabbing of Rochester Teacher
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The criminal case against a homeless man accused of stabbing a teacher from a Rochester private school last fall can now proceed.
An Olmsted County Judge yesterday ruled 28-year-old David Galvan is now competent to stand trial on a second-degree assault charge. The decision followed a second psychological evaluation on Galvan that was ordered in February and reversed a ruling issued last November that deemed Galvan incompetent to face prosecution.
Galvan is accused of stabbing the 24-year-old teacher for the Rochester Arts and Science Academy with scissors while she was walking with a group of students in a residential neighborhood near Folwell Elementary School. She suffered a small puncture wound on her back and was taken to St. Marys Hospital for treatment.
Galvan is due back in court for an evidentiary hearing next month. He is currently being held in the Olmsted County Jail on $100,000 bail.
Rochester Police reported dozens of incidents involving Galvan over the past two years, including an arrest last fall for breaking into an elderly woman’s home and barricading himself in a bedroom.