LA CROSSE (WKOW) – A La Crosse man committed
to a mental health institution after stabbing a police officer in 2006 is asking
for his release.
It's the sixth time 30-year-old Joseph Smith
has petitioned for his release from the Mendota Mental Health Institute in
Madison. Smith will undergo psychiatric
evaluations and they will be presented at a hearing in La Crosse County Circuit
Court at a later date.
Smith attacked Officer Jon Wegner with a
screwdriver during a traffic stop. Smith
was shot twice. According to the La
Crosse Tribune, Smith was released from Mendota in 2010 but sent back four
months later. After Smith returned, he
attacked a psychiatric technician.
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