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    Court frees woman who cooked her boyfriend
    Etats-Unis > cannibalisme, meurtre, justice, folie, psychiatrie
    Article posté par Stéphane Bourgoin le Samedi 9 avril 2005

    " Ruled insane in '93 case, she says, 'I am not a danger'
   
    When the two-hour hearing came to a close, Jane Lynn Woodry's friends gave her hugs and congratulations, and it was only then that the nondescript woman with a pleasant smile finally spoke about herself - briefly.
   
    "I want people to know that the community is safe," Woodry said to a reporter. "I am not a danger to the community."
   
    Sporting a conservative floral- print dress, sensible shoes and glasses fit for a librarian, the 51- year-old Woodry - known as Carolyn Gloria Blanton until she changed her name in 1999 - certainly appeared anything but threatening.
   
    On Friday, Alamosa District Judge Pattie Swift agreed Woodry is finally ready for a closely supervised return to society.
   
    It's quite a step forward for a woman who was found not guilty by reason of insanity for the 1993 first-degree murder in Alamosa of her boyfriend, Peter Michael Greene.
   
    Greene, 51, was shot four times by Woodry with a .25-caliber revolver. She then dismembered his body, wrapped his torso in a blanket and stored that in a closet in his home.
   
    She took his legs back to her apartment, where she cut hunks of flesh from his legs. Investigators found bite-sized chunks of human flesh prepared in a stew on the stove at Woodry's home.
   
    Woodry did not speak during Friday's hearing, but the psychotherapist and the psychiatrist who supervise her treatment at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo, where she has been held since 1994, gave favorable reviews of Woodry's progress.
   
    "She has had very few problems at the hospital," said psychotherapist Pamela Morgan. "Her emotional condition is very stable. It behooves her to be back out in the community.
   
    "I do not have any concerns about public safety."
   
    Prosecutor Mike Gonzales opposed Woodry's release - a position he admitted was somewhat weakened by the report he'd received this week from a licensed psychologist he'd hired to perform an independent evaluation. The prosecution's own specialist, Dr. William Hansen, came to the same conclusion as hospital personnel - that Woodry is ready for a greater degree of freedom. Greene's family did not attend the hearing.
   
    Gonzales nevertheless urged that Woodry should at least be ordered to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet.
   
    That plea was rejected, based on the opinion of Hansen and her own psychiatrist at the hospital, Dr. Elissa Ball, who both believed a monitoring bracelet could be counterproductive to her continued progress.
   
    The judge, citing unanimity of opinion from every specialist who has examined Woodry, said, "I think it would be unreasonable for me to say I was going to deny this request."
   
    But, Swift added, "There is a great deal of concern in the community about this situation - and rightly so."
   
    Woodry has already been enjoying significant day privileges away from the hospital, attending art classes at Pueblo Community College for several years.
   
    Another judge had given her permission in 1999 for short supervised excursions from the state hospital campus, and two years later, her request for unsupervised daytime excursions was also approved.
   
    Giving Woodry permission to now live away from the hospital, Swift noted, "is not a dramatic change."
   
    Woodry's release will be closely supervised under a 12-point plan that will include continuing her twice-monthly injections of a drug to control symptoms of her schizophrenia, and three meetings a week with her case manager.
   
    Conditions for her release also include holding a job, attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and writing daily diary cards and a journal for review by a social worker.
   
    Romantic relationships, should any develop, will also be subjected to close monitoring.
   
    Treatment plan
   
    Here are the key components of the treatment program for Jane Lynn Woodry, once she is released from the Colorado Mental Health Institute:
   
    • She must continue twice-monthly injections of Risperdal Consta for control of schizophrenia symptoms.
   
    • She will have thrice-weekly contact with her case manager; some will be surprise visits by the case manager at her work, home or other locations.
   
    • Once a week, she will participate in group therapy sessions led by her treating psychiatrist.
   
    • She will submit to random urinalysis and breathalyzer tests.
   
    • She needs her case manager's permission to leave Pueblo County and court permission to leave the state.
   
    • She must get court approval for any changes to conditions of her medication or community placement."
   
    Un article de Charlie Brennan.

Source : THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS (9 avril 2005)

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