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Court weighs paths to trial for John Tyler stabbing suspect

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A hearing was held today in Smith County for the man who is accused of fatally stabbing a teacher at a Tyler high school.

Byron Truvia is currently in a state hospital and charged under a juvenile petition in the 2009 death of John Tyler High School teacher Todd Henry.

Due to his commitment to a state hospital, Truvia was not in the court hearing in the 114th District Court on Thursday. He has been at a state hospital since being found "incompetent with probability of attaining competency."

The hearing Thursday centered around the issue of the juvenile petition still pending and an indictment which was returned in 2011 for murder.

The petition and the indictment could potentially result in different punishments if the case were to reach trial. If Truvia were convicted and sentenced under the juvenile petition, he could be sentenced up to 40 years in prison. The murder indictment could result in a life sentence if a trial were to occur under that charge.

The indictment was not dismissed Thursday, however, the judge stated that the juvenile petition is still pending in the case.

Truvia was 16 years old in 2009 at the time of the stabbing at John Tyler High School.

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