Court Papers: Man Charged In UNC Crash To Offer Insanity Defense

Court papers indicate the man accused of driving through a gathering spot at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and hitting nine people will offer an insanity defense.

A notice filed yesterday in Orange County Superior Court by public defender James Williams indicates Mohammed Taheri-Azar will offer a defense of insanity, mental infirmity and or diminished capacity.

The 24-year-old Taheri-Azar is charged with nine counts of attempted first-degree murder and nine counts of felonious assault. He could be sentenced to life in prison if he's convicted.

None of the people hit last year had to be hospitalized overnight.

Orange-Chatham District Attorney Jim Woodall has said Taheri-Azar knew what he was doing.

Trial has been tentatively scheduled for March.