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Jury will decide killer's release

By: AP
By: AP
  Jurors are being selected in Portage County to decide whether a man who killed his grandfather with a scissors should be released from a mental health institution.

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STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) -- Jurors are being selected in Portage County to decide whether a man who killed his grandfather with a scissors should be released from a mental health institution.

Steven Feck was found not guilty by reason of mental illness in the fatal stabbing of 76-year-old Elton Favell in 1989. Before the law changed in 1990, those committed could ask for a jury trial to determine whether they could be treated in the community. Today, judges alone make those decisions.

Six jurors will determine whether Feck is too dangerous to be released to community supervision.

Twenty-five years ago, Feck was found fit to stand trial, but after entering a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, a psychological evaluation revealed Feck was a paranoid schizophrenic at the time of the crime.


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