Florida teenager Wayne Treacy is now on trial for a brutal kicking and stomping attack on a 15-year-old girl. Josie Lou Ratley was left in critical condition on March 16, 2010 after Treacy allegedly punched her and stomped on her with his steel-toed boots. Now 17, Ratley almost died and suffered permanent brain injuries. The attack was apparently triggered by a text message dispute between Ratley and the suspect. The attack happened after the two exchanged taunting and insulting text messages, culminating with one from Ratley referring to Treacy's dead brother. The defense claims Treacy suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder supposedly stemming from his brother's suicide a few months before the attack on Ratley.
Above: Josie Lou Ratley in an undated photo.
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