Trial day 2: Man convicted of 1987 murder wants to be released from supervision

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Doctors say an Augusta man convicted of raping and killing a UW-Eau Claire student in 1987 has been "exceptional" while under supervised release.

On day two of the trial in Eau Claire County Court the defense called several doctors to discuss their analysis of 63-year-old Jeffery Smith.

Smith has filed a sexually violent person petition to be discharged from supervised release.

In court doctors called for Smith's defense said that Smith's behavior the past two years while under supervised release has been "rare."

Psychologist Amelia Fystron said he's the only patient under Sand Ridge treatment center supervision who has never had a violation.

Fystron said, "There's nothing more that Mr. Smith can accomplish on supervised release. He is at the maximum level of independence that's allowed on the supervised release program."

The state has previously argued that Smith is still at-risk for reoffending given his past violent sexual history.

The brother of Susan Fahrman, who Smith is convicted of killing, says he believes the trial outcome will come down to Smith's prior and potential alcohol and drug use.

Fahrman explained, Those things maybe are easier under supervision than in a program. The test will be when freedoms are there. It will be interesting tomorrow to see how it all ends and we'll go from there.”

Smith served 17 years of his 25 year prison sentence and then spent 12 years in a treatment facility.

He was released with supervision in 2016.

Closing arguments in the trial are expected Friday morning.