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UPDATED, March 2: The usual quiet of the Winchester Public Library was shattered Saturday, Feb. 24, when a 23-year-old town man allegedly slashed a woman from behmnd with a 10-inch hunting knife before he was subdued. 

Jeffrey Yao entered a not-guilty plea at his arraignment Monday, Feb. 26, in Woburn District Court in the death of Deane Kenny Stryker (at right), 22, and an injured man, 77, who tried to intervene. In court, Yao's attorney, J.W. Carney, cited his client's "chronic mental illness" and offered more details.

A March 2 report says he is at Bridgewater State Hospital.

A report in The Boston Sunday Globe cited fears by a number neighbors about Yao, but police have not disclosed a motive. For more, read here >> 

A story later Feb. 24 reported her identity as well as reactions from those who knew her >> 

A former Winchester High classmate of the suspect offered a warning in 2012, The Globe reports Feb. 26 >>

Tragedy trailed her young life. NECN reported her father, who died in 2014, was linked to a 1993 murder probe >> 

Yao was arraigned on one count of murder and one count of armed assault with intent to murder, a news release from the office of District Attorney Marion Ryan said.

Judge Timothy Gailey ordered the defendant held without bail. The next date in this case will be a status hearing on April 11, 2018.

The male victim has been treated and released. He asked the DA's office to relay his request for privacy, but The Globe has identified him as Lester Taber.

The preliminary investigation suggests that the female victim was seated at a table in the library when the suspect approached her, unprovoked, and began stabbing her from behind with an approximately 10-inch hunting knife. A number of other people came to her aid including a 77-year-old man who had been sitting near her in the reading room.

While attempting to intervene the man was stabbed in the arm. During the attack, Stryker managed to get up and attempted to flee but the defendant pursued her and continued to assault her.

Several other patrons approached the defendant and they were ultimately able to separate him from Ms. Stryker. Yao was placed into custody at the library and transported to the Winchester Police Department. The circumstances surrounding the stabbing, including the motive, are under investigation.

This is an open investigation being conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Winchester Police and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. The prosecutors assigned to this case are Assistant District Attorney Kate Cimini and Carrie Spiros. The Victim Witness Advocate is Anne Foley.

Globe, opinion, Feb. 27, 2018: After horrible violence, a community library searches for peace

Globe opinion, Feb. 26: So, are we now supposed to arm librarians, too?

This news summary was published Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, and updated March 2, to add link.