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Review Board Considers Whether Psychiatric Patient Who Killed Wife Should Be Released

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David Messenger (center) with his attorney at a Psychiatric Security Review Board meeting November 18. 2011. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

David Messenger (center) with his attorney at a Psychiatric Security Review Board meeting November 18. 2011. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) _ Officials who oversee Connecticut’s only maximum-security hospital for the criminally insane are considering releasing a former Chaplin man to a community treatment center.  David Messenger beat his pregnant wife to death in 1998.

The Hartford Courant reports  mental health experts are recommending that Messenger be granted supervised visits to the Hartford treatment center for three months, then be moved to the center full-time to serve out the second half of his 20 year sentence.

The Psychiatric Security Review Board held a hearing on the recommendation Friday and has 25 days to rule.

Messenger was acquitted of manslaughter by reason of insanity in 2001 in the killing of 42-year-old Heather Messenger. Her death was caught on audio tape during a 911 call.

Heather Messenger’s relatives strongly oppose David Messenger’s release.
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Information from: The Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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