LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)-- The suspect accused of attacking two women with a machete at Transylvania University had a motion hearing in Lexington Wednesday.
Mitchell Adkins, 19, faces multiple wanton endangerment and assault charges for the attack inside Jazzman's Café. The university and nearby schools were forced into lockdown because of the attack.
Earlier this month, Adkins was arraigned and his bond was set for $25,500. His attorney entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.
A witness inside the shop says Adkins pulled out the machete and began asking people about their political beliefs before attacking.
Investigators have seized Adkins's laptop from his parents' home in Cincinnati. That computer, believed to have some of his writings including a suicide note, has been entered into evidence.
"He asked the first girl if she was a Democrat or a Republican. She said Republican. He said okay, then asked some other girl," said Michael Soder, who witnessed the attack.
Those who witnessed the attack said that the attacker told the girl who identified as a Republican that she was safe. They say that the man then moved on to the next woman and when she said Democrat, he stabbed her. She was rushed to the hospital. A second woman was also injured. She was treated at the scene.
Students say Adkins wrote an article on Buzzfeed where he talked about his conservative views and how he was strongly opposed to what he believed was the school's liberal position.
The court also ordered the Comprehensive Care Center perform a mental status evaluation.
The motion hearing will be continued on June 7. The results of the evaluation will be released to the court by this date.
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