Admitted Murderer Released Early
A man who admitted to killing a Wichita Falls man was released from a North Dakota mental hospital on Wednesday. Charles Davis admitting to stabbing Donald Flowers of Wichita Falls at a hotel in Minot, North Dakota in March of 2011. Davis avoided jail time by being found not guilty, by lack of criminal responsibility due to mental illness. The court sent him to a state hospital for treatment of schizophrenia.
Davis was conditionally released so he could live outside of the hospital and continue a full-time job.
Newschannel 6 spoke to the family of Donald Flowers and they consider this early release a miscarriage of justice.
"How can they tell in a couple of years that this medication, that he's okay? You know? We're going to let him out, its just not right at all." said Flowers sister, Lee Boyd.
"When we found out the news, I think I just sat there and shook my head for probably about 2 hours just in disbelief. When I read the court documents, it was just that feeling all over again." said Flowers daughter Destiney Miller.
"God is there for me cause we knew this was going to happen. not saying I wanted it to, but I had that feeling that it was. Whether he walks the streets of North Dakota a free man, or he's walking the halls of the hospital, my prayer is that he gets better, and gets help and maybe can make something better for others with this illness." said Flower's sister Paula Villarreal.
Donald's wife told his sisters the judge seemed pretty stressed out and reluctant in signing off on the release and it's not what he intended.
The judge said having doctors from both sides coming up with the same conclusions, and with the statute in North Dakota, that's the way it had to be.
The conditional release requires regular treatment and drug testing, and requires Davis to stay in North Dakota unless given permission to leave.
He is due back in court in September of 2014.