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Cop killer’s hearing for release rescheduled

A jury trial to determine whether Alan A. Randall, convicted in the 1976 killings of Summit police officers Robert Atkins and Wayne Olson, should be released from the Mendota Mental Health Institute has been postponed until April 19.

Randall’s attorney Craig Powell requested that the jury trial, expected to begin next week, be postponed. The reason for the postponement was not immediately available and Powell could not be reached for comment. A hearing expected to take place on Jan. 18 was also rescheduled for April 19.

Randall is petitioning for re-examination and release from Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison. He has been committed to the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services since 1977, when he pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the murder of his neighbor Ronald Hoeft. In 1977 he was convicted of the police murders, four burglaries and a car theft.

In 1980, Randall's psychiatric illness diagnosis was dropped, and he was allowed off the Mendota grounds, unescorted privileges, earning 73 college credits at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

According to his petition for re-examination, his diagnosis of personality disorder was dropped in 1989. In 1992, Randall's treatment team concluded that he no longer needed to see his psychologist, according to his petition.

Because he is not diagnosed with any mental disorder and has worked unsupervised off-grounds without incident, he should be allowed release, his attorney argues.
 

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