Man Pleads Not Guilty In Stabbing Of Ex-Beatle George Harrison

Psychiatric evaluation was ordered for Michael Abram in attempted-murder case.

The man accused of attempted murder in the December stabbing of ex-Beatles guitarist George Harrison and his wife, Olivia, pleaded not guilty Tuesday (June 6) in Oxford Crown Court, a court representative in England said.

The trial of Michael Abram is scheduled to begin Nov. 14.

"Psychiatric reports have been ordered," said the court clerk, who asked not to be named.

Abram, 33, from the Beatles' hometown of Liverpool, England, is said to suffer from mental illness. He was remanded to a Merseyside psychiatric ward, where he has stayed since being charged.

British newspapers have reported that Abram developed an obsession with the Fab Four in the weeks before Harrison, 57, was attacked.

He is accused of breaking into Harrison's mansion Dec. 30 and stabbing the guitarist and singer/songwriter. Harrison's wife helped fend off the attack by hitting the intruder over the head with a lamp.