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Man who killed 4 denied release

MENOMONIE (AP) -- A Dunn County jury has denied conditional release for a man committed to a state mental hospital for killing four people in the Chippewa Valley.

Jurors deliberated about an hour Friday before denying 65-year-old Alvin Taylor's request.

Taylor's attorney contended his client is no longer on medication and hasn't had a violent outburst at Mendota Mental Health Institute in 25 years. Taylor once portrayed himself as a "soldier of God" who received messages over radio and TV directing him to kill four people in the 1980s. In closing arguments, District Attorney James Peterson called Taylor "a very dangerous man" and urged jurors to recommit him, according to the Leader-Telegram.

The victims include Timothy Hayden, of Menomonie; Robert Williams and James Severson, both from Eau Claire; and Daniel Lundgren, of Esko, Minn.

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MENOMONIE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - A jury in Dunn County will debate whether a man committed to a mental health facility for killing four people in the Chippewa Valley should be released.

An attorney for Alvin Taylor says his client is no longer on medication and hasn't had a violent outburst at Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison in 25 years. Taylor once portrayed himself as a "soldier of God" who received messages over the radio and TV directing him to kill four people in the 1980s.

District Attorney James Peterson urged jurors Thursday to recommit Taylor to Mendota. The jury could reach a decision Friday.

The victims include Timothy Hayden, of Menomonie; Robert Williams and James Severson, both from Eau Claire; and Daniel Lundgren, of Esko, Minn.

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