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Family settles stabbing suit against Pittsburgh psychiatric hospital moments before trial

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PITTSBURGH — A couple who claims their son should have been committed by a Pittsburgh psychiatric hospital the day before he stabbed his 11-year-old twin half brothers, killing one, have settled their lawsuit against the hospital.

An Allegheny County jury was seated to hear the lawsuit before the settlement was announced Tuesday between the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Western Psychiatric and Clinic and Troy and Tiffany Hill, of Penn Hills.

Their son, 26-year-old Troy Hill Jr., has yet to be found mentally competent to stand trial on charges he stabbed the Tyrel and Tyron Hill, killing Tyron on Aug. 28, 2007.

The settlement announced Tuesday is confidential.

The hospital's attorney, John Conti, says he was "very grateful" to settle the case. The Hills' attorney, Neil Rosen, says, "The wrong here has been righted."

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