Attorney General joins fight to keep convicted murderer in mental hospital

Schuette has proposed an amicus brief to halt the discharge of murderer, Theodore Glenn Williams, from the Center for Forensic Psychiatry

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is requesting the courts stop the potential release of a murderer of two young girls.

Schuette has proposed an amicus brief to halt the discharge of murderer, Theodore Glenn Williams, from the Center for Forensic Psychiatry. Williams has requested to be released from a state-run mental hospital after admitting to killing to West Michigan girls. The county prosecutor has requested that petition for discharge be dismissed. Schuette is defending the prosecutor's request.

Williams first kidnapped a 13-year-old girl from Sparta in front of her home in '66 and in '67 he kidnapped a seven-year-old girl from Grand Rapids while she was walking to school. Weeks following the second kidnapping, the seven-year-old girl's body was found buried with paperwork belonging to Williams. Williams then led the police to the 13-year-old girl's body in Newaygo.

Williams plead guilty to first-degree murder in the death of the seven-year-old girl but prior to the sentencing, Williams was considered a criminal sexual psychopath and was brought to a state mental hospital.

After the repeal of the Criminal Sexual Psychopath Act in '69, Williams was released from the state mental hospital. The Allegan County Prosecutor refiled murder charges that lead to Williams pleading guilty to second-degree murder for the death of the seven-year-old girl.

He was then sentenced to life in prison.

The court later ruled that because the psychopath law was in effect at the time of the crimes, Williams should be sent back to the mental hospital.

Williams cited his right to a hearing under the Criminal Sexual Psychopath Act and on Jan. 20, 2014 petitioned for discharge. Under this act, if Williams can prove 'recovery', he can be released.

In the brief, Schuette supports the Allegan County Prosecutor's argument that Williams has not shown any 'recovery' and remains a threat to society.

"Cold blooded murderers should be locked up for life, especially when the crime results in the horrific abuse and death of a child," said Schuette. "It's unimaginable that a child killer could have the opportunity to rejoin society, living a normal life in our neighborhoods, with our families, while the victims' families live the rest of their lives mourning the tragic loss of their children."

The request to accept the proposed amicus brief will be on Thursday, June 12 before the Allegan County Circuit Court Judge Kevin Cronin.