MENOMONIE, Wis. (WEAU) - A serial killer could soon be released, just seven months after a jury found him too dangerous to be set free.
Alvin Taylor admitted to killing three men from Wisconsin and another from Minnesota back in the 1980s.
Now more than 25 years later, he's filing for release from a mental health institute for the third time in four years.
Dale Amundson was an investigator with the Menomonie Police for 16 years. Twenty-five years after his retirement, one case won't go away.
Amundson investigated Tim Hayden’s death from gunshot wounds in
“Of course saw Tim laying there on the floor, he'd been there for a while so it was kind of hard to see exactly what had happened,” Amundson said.
After police linked the murder to three others, including two in Eau Claire, Taylor was found not guilty by reason of insanity and was sent to the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison.
He was denied a release in 2010 and again in Feb. of this year, but he filed for release once again last week.
“I didn't realize it would come back and haunt us like it is right now,” Dale Amundson said.
“Some day maybe they'll just say, we can't afford this anymore and let him out, which is a terrible thing for the families,” Amundson said.
“It is what it is and these things are always difficult for victims and they have to relive these events. And it kind of breaks the scab off of old wounds,” Dunn County District Attorney James Peterson said.
“(Hayden’s) twin sister; it devastates her, very emotional,” Amundson said.
Hayden's sister Tammy Schneider wasn't available for comment Thursday.
“The last time I spoke to (Taylor) of course, he said, he put his hand on my shoulder and said 'I’m sorry, but when I get out, I have to kill you too. It came to me in a dream.' that stuck with me. I believe him,” Amundson said.
Peterson said Taylor can apply for release every six months. Both Peterson and Amundsen say they'd like to see the law changed to lengthen that time in a case like this, but Taylor wouldn't be affected because he's governed by the laws that were in effect in 1986.
“Maybe it would make more sense, that perhaps someone would have to go two years or five years if there's a murder or homicide involved,” Peterson said.
He said if the case returns to court, he'll continue to argue that Taylor is a dangerous man who would not be safe to release.