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Eau Claire murderer denied release from institution


Eau Claire (WQOW) - An Eau Claire man who admitted ambushing and killing his neighbor will not be released from a state mental institution.

James Olson was charged with killing Paul Oberle in 2012 by hitting him in the head with a crowbar outside Oberle's Vine Street home. . Earlier this year, a judge found Olson innocent by insanity after psychologists testified he suffered from a psychotic disorder. Olson sought release from the institution at a hearing Monday in Eau Claire. A psychologist who examined him testified he is still paranoid/schizophrenic. He said Olson denies he has a mental illness and that Olson does not believe he needs medications.

The judge then ruled that Olson continues to be a danger to himself or others, and denied his petition for release. Under state law, Olson can seek release every six months.

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