Killer in psych center for decades seeks release

ALLEGAN, Mich. (AP) — A killer who has been in a psychiatric center for more than 40 years is asking an Allegan County judge to release him.

The case of Theodore Williams will be revisited Wednesday in a western Michigan courtroom. He's been held under an old law that allows him to try to show he's not a threat to the public and should be freed.

In 1967, Williams admitted killing a 7-year-old Grand Rapids girl whose body was found in Allegan County. Police said he also confessed to killing a girl in another county.

Williams pleaded guilty to murder in the death of Sonya Santa Cruz. But instead of going to prison, he was classified as a criminal-sexual psychopath and committed indefinitely to a state hospital. That law was repealed in 1968.

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