News from around Wisconsin at 5:29 a.m. CDT

April 27, 2013, 8:00 pm


WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A man who killed two Summit police officers nearly 40 years ago has won release from a Wisconsin mental hospital.

Alan Randall, now 54, killed Robert "Rocky" Atkins and Wayne Olson in January 1975, when Randall was 16. He was later found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect and was committed to a state mental hospital.

After a four-day trial in Waukesha on his petition for release, a six-person jury decided Thursday that Randall may safely be released from Mendota Mental Health Institute. The 54-year-old will remain there until a July 8 hearing, when the state Department of Health Services will set out a plan to be presented to a judge. Randall had tried numerous times over the years to win his release.

Mental health professionals testified that Randall hasn't suffered from a mental illness since 1989 and has never been on medication, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/Z5lbOk).

One of the social workers who worked with Randall called him "a normal person in an abnormal situation," said Randall's attorney, Craig Powell.

While living at Winnebago Mental Health Institute, he had a job for years at an art gallery. For the past seven years, he's also worked during the day while living at the state psychiatric hospital.

Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel said the victims' families attended trial.

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