Kendrex J. White

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AUSTIN, Texas — The man suspected of stabbing four students at the University of Texas says he carried a knife on campus for protection and that on the day of the attack he had walked the campus in a dream-like state.

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Police say 21-year-old UT Austin student Kendrex J. White stabbed four fellow students on campus May 1, killing one. Officials say he used a larg…

Twenty-one-year-old Kendrex J. White said in a jailhouse interview with KPRC-TV in Houston that he decided to carry a knife because his friends were carrying guns on campus, which is permissible under a new state law allowing concealed handguns on college campuses.

Authorities said following the May 1 stabbings in which one student was killed and three others injured that White suffered from mental health troubles.

He’s being held on a murder charge.

State law says knives shorter than 5 ½ inches can be openly carried in public, but authorities say White was carrying one larger than that.

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