DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. — Pompano Beach teen Wayne Treacy has been denied bond by a South Florida judge again this morning. The 17-year-old is currently on trial for attempted first degree murder of his schoolmate, Josie Ratley. Treacy is accused of nearly stomping and beating Ratley to death outside of Deerfield Beach Middle School on March 17, 2010.
The judge is requiring the Treacy family to take their appeal for bond to Fourth District Court of Appeal and seek their permission. Russell Williams, Treacy’s attorney, plans to use a temporary insanity defense since he claims Treacy was not in his right state of mind when the incident happened, according to CBS4 Miami.
Both teens were 15-years-old at the time when Treacy says he received a disturbing text message from Ratley stating “go visit your dead brother” Michael, who had committed suicide a few months prior to the incident.
Treacy said this triggered him as he went home, put on his brother’s clothing and steel toe boots, left the house to find Ratley and brutally beat her. Raley suffered severe damage and spent just about 40 days in Broward General Hospital’s intensive care unit.
Treacy is currently being charged as an adult with attempted first degree murder and could face up to 50 years if convicted.