3-Judge Panel to Decided if State Hospital Patient Should be Transferred

Updated: 04/10/2015 11:09 AM
Created: 08/22/2014 6:08 PM
By: Brad Sattin

Should a Carver County man who killed his parents 15 years ago be transferred to a halfway house in West St. Paul? A three-judge panel must now make that decision.

Richard Happ is currently at the State Hospital in St. Peter but is being treated in a program that allows him significant freedom to leave the facility unescorted every day. The Minnesota Department of Human Services says he qualifies for a transfer to a halfway house in West St. Paul, but the Carver County Attorney wants him to remain in St. Peter. 

In a hearing in District Court in Dakota County Friday, Happ testified that he still suffers from paranoia and delusional issues and last had violent thoughts five months ago. But two psychologists testified that he does not exhibit behavior that is dangerous to the public.

Happ suffers from schizophrenia and killed his parents in their Waconia home in 1999. His brother and other family members want him to remain in St. Peter.

The panel of judges will rule on his transfer later this fall.

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