Attorney asks for texts in State College stabbing case

lfalce@centredaily.comJune 10, 2014 

— The man charged with a stabbing over Blue and White weekend was in court this week, seeking evidence in his case.

Brandon Frick, 22, of Carlisle, was in Bellefonte for an “emergency motion to preserve physical evidence.”

The motion was filed by his attorney, Philip Masorti, who told Centre County Judge Pamela Ruest that he wanted to protect evidence from being lost.

The evidence in question is something Masorti isn’t even sure exists. He told Ruest he had been made aware of texts between the victim in the case and a female resident of the apartment in State College where the assault occurred on April 12.

Frick is accused of engaging in a fight with the stabbing victim and another man. Two other men were also charged in the attack.

Masorti said he believed there were text messages between the two people that could possible be beneficial to his client’s case, but that those texts were not included in the evidence turned over to the defense. He believes the messages may have been collected by State College Detective Christopher Weaver, but admitted to the judge that he couldn’t prove that.

Masorti said he had seen some of the woman’s texts, but had not seen the victim’s and had no access to them. He wants them preserved because subpoenaing the wireless provider’s records would prove only the existence of the texts but not their content, which could be erased.

Assistant District Attorney Nathan Boob said he knew nothing of the texts, but that he would ask Weaver about them.

Masorti still pushed for an official ruling from the judge.

Ruest said she believed that if the texts exist, Weaver would not withhold them, and that supplementary reports detailing them could still be forthcoming; however, she did issue an order asking for them to be produced within ten days if Weaver did have that evidence.

Frick is currently free on $50,000 bail.

Lori Falce can be reached at 235-3910. Follow her on Twitter @LoriFalce.

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