Treacy again denied bail in head-stomping case

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. - The Pompano Beach teenager accused of trying to kill a girl by stomping on her head with his steel toe boots outside Deerfield Beach Middle School last year, was again denied bail Thursday following a brief court hearing.

Wayne Treacy, 17, has been in custody without bond since he was arrested on March 17, 2010, for the brutal beating of Josie Lou Ratley, a Deerfield Middle student he accused of mocking the recent death of his brother.

He faces a maximum of 50 years in prison if convicted of first-degree attempted murder. His lawyer, Russell Williams, argued that Treacy is entitled to a reasonable bail based on his youth at the time of the offense.

Both Treacy and Ratley were 15 at the time of the attack.

An appeals court recently ruled in an unrelated case that a juvenile charged as an adult with a felony was entitled to bail. Williams asked Broward Circuit Judge David Haimes to use the same reasoning to grant bail to Treacy, whose trial is scheduled to begin in February.

But Haimes denied the request.

Treacy has pleaded not guilty in the case, and Williams intends to present an insanity defense. If bail is granted, Williams said he will seek treatment for his client.