A man accused of stabbing a Kansas City college official intended to attack Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon instead and mistakenly believed he had done so, police said Thursday.
The suspect, 22-year-old Casey Brezik, did not know Nixon and had no particularly beef with the governor, but he decided to attack him because he was a top government official, Kansas city police spokesman Darin Snapp said.
Brezik, of Raytown, is charged with two felony counts each of first-degree assault and armed criminal action. A Jackson County judge entered not guilty pleas on his behalf during a court appearance Wednesday.
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Brezik did not have an attorney in court and no attorney was listed for him Thursday on Missouri’s online court records. The public defender’s office did not immediately return messages Thursday.
Albert Dimmitt Jr., the dean of instruction at Penn Valley Community College, was stabbed in the neck Tuesday while waiting for Nixon to arrive for a news conference about federal grants for high-speed Internet projects. Nixon was still at a Kansas City airport when the attack occurred, and the event was canceled.
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