A Washington County Judge has rejected a request from a 69-year-old serial killer who was seeking to be released from the Mendota Mental Health Institute.
Alvin Taylor murdered four men in the mid-1980s in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Taylor was found not guilty of the crimes because of mental disease or defect. He has been in Mendota for 28 years.
In turning down Taylor’s request for conditional release Wednesday, Judge Andrew Gonring said he was not convinced that Taylor was not at a risk of harming other people. Even if Judge Gonring had approved Taylor’s release request, he would have had to convince judges in Dunn and Eau Claire counties that he was no longer a risk to society. Taylor can petition for his release again in six months.
The two other Wisconsin murders were in Dunn and Eau Claire counties, which is why those judges would need to sign off. He knew each of the victims and shot them “execution style” between 1985 and 1987.