Man committed in scissors attack asks for release

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STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) – A man committed to a mental health institution 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 his mobile home. His grandson, Steven 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 killing.

Feck has been at the Winnebago Mental Health Institute since then. The 50-year-old Feck hopes to convince a judge Friday that he is no longer a threat and should be released, Stevens Point Journal Media reported.

Jim Dowling was the first police officer who responded to the Favell home on Dec. 11, 1989. The victim’s wife, Doris Favell, called out to Dowling when he arrived at the trailer.

“He’s killing my husband,” she cried, according to the criminal complaint.

Once inside, Dowling confronted Feck, who was covered in blood and looking at him through vacant eyes, Dowling said.

Dowling drew his gun, pointed it at Feck, took a few steps back, then ordered him to drop the scissors, Dowling said. Feck complied, and officers handcuffed him and put him in a squad car.

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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