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Jury to Decide Whether Point Man who Killed Grandfather Should be Released

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE: Thurs 1:30 PM, May 1, 2014

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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UPDATE: Fri 12:33 PM, March 28, 2014

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) -- A jury will decide whether a 50-year-old man should be released from a mental health institution in the 1989 murder of his grandfather.

Steven Feck requested the jury trial Friday through his attorney under an old statute in effect during the time of the crime. Prior to 1990, committed suspects could request trials to determine whether they could be treated in the community.

According to online court records, Portage County Circuit Judge John Finn ruled Friday a jury should decide the case May 1.

It has been 25 years since 76-year-old Elton Favell was killed in his mobile home. 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.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Fri 12:33 PM, March 28, 2014

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) -- A man committed to a mental health institute after his grandfather was fatally stabbed with a scissors in Stevens Point is petitioning a judge for his release.

It has been 25 years since 76-year-old Elton Favell was killed in the kitchen of the mobile home he shared with his wife. His grandson, Steven Feck, has been held at the Winnebago Mental Health Institute after he was found to be mentally ill at the time of the stabbing.

The now 50-year-old Feck is trying to convince a judge Friday that he is no longer a threat and should be released from Winnebago. Stevens Point Journal Media says Feck last petitioned Portage County Circuit Judge John Finn for his release in June. Finn will again hear Feck's request.


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