Father of teen accused in grocery store stabbings speaks out

The father of the teenager charged with last month's grocery store stabbings is spoke out for the first time Tuesday.  Elartrice Marsel Ingram is charged with stabbing eight co-workers at the Schnucks store on Highway 64 in July.  How Marsel wound up wearing jail house blue seems to puzzle everyone who knows him, including his father, Elartrice Sr.

"No signs whatsoever," the elder Ingram said Tuesday.  "In fact, I took him to work that morning, and everything was fine."

Later that morning, police say Elartrice Marsel Ingram stabbed eight of his co-workers.  Attorney William Massey, representing Marsel, said those actions were out of character for a person who was never in trouble before that day.  "He was an honor student in high school, and an honor student in college," Massey said.  "He was beginning his fourth year of college at Middle Tennessee State University, studying avionics.  He just had everything going for him."

Tuesday in court, a judge ordered a mental evaluation for Marsel.  His father said he hopes the testing will give him some insight into his son's actions.  "We don't deny that he did it," he said. "But there's something that triggered it."

Meanwhile, Marsel's father said he knows the answer won't take away the pain suffered by victims of the attack.

"We're dreadfully sorry that this tragedy happened, and we're praying, continually praying, for their full recovery," he said.

The mental evaluation will take place at the Memphis Mental Health Institute.  Elartrice Marsel Ingram is scheduled to appear in court again on September 4th.