Andrew Neil

Richmond Times Dispatch

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Andrew Neil Maternick loosens up like the athlete he once was, as his father, Ray, croons “Christmas in the Trenches” for a holiday crowd of more than 20 people snugly seated at The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative.

Andrew, 29, stretches and twists as he prepares to take another public step on a path to recovery he has followed since one dark, fearful night more than four years ago when he stabbed his younger brother, Kyle, in the forearm with a ceramic kitchen knife during a “manic episode and psychosis” at their home near Gordonsville in Louisa County.

He’s become a regular performer at open mic nights here and at other venues in Charlottesville since his conditional release from Western State Hospital in May. He was confined for three years under a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity to charges from the episode on July 7, 2013.

“In a lot of ways, I kind of put myself back together,” Andrew told the audience before performing a mesmerizing rendition of his song “Put Me Back Together,” the last of three songs he would sing that night.  (Click on the link to read the entire article)

The Central Virginian

Andrew had been one of the top lacrosse goaltenders in Virginia at Fairfax’s Hayfield Secondary School, Ray said, and was recruited to play on college teams. A sports injury, along with the 2009 accident, put an end to that phase of his life. In its place, Andrew began writing songs about his state of mind.

One of the first tracks he sent to Ray was “Headed to Mars,” which includes these lines:

They say I am out of my mind

I just think I’m out of place at this time

You don’t know what you have until it’s gone

Now all you have is this bloody song

Consider me gone

I’m headed to Mars

Richmond Times Dispatch

ORANGE — Andrew Neil Maternick has spent most of the past 7½ months in a cell, 23 hours a day, in the Central Virginia Regional Jail.

He had stabbed his younger brother, Kyle, in the arm with a kitchen knife one Sunday night in July because he thought the brother was an imposter wearing a metal suit and would not bleed.

When a Louisa County sheriff’s deputy arrived at the family’s home in Gordonsville and tried to handcuff him, Maternick pulled away and allegedly tried to hit him, resulting in charges of resisting arrest and assaulting an officer, in addition to a felony charge of malicious wounding.

Maternick, 25, has been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder bipolar type, but his only treatment, other than a brief detention at a hospital in Petersburg and a 3½-week stay at Western State Hospital last fall, has been the medication the jail and his mother provide, and an occasional talk with a psychologist who visits the jail weekly.  (Click the Link to read the entire article)