Florida parent killer transferred

Dec. 2, 2007 at 3:00 PM
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SANFORD, Fla., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- A judge has ordered a mentally ill Florida woman who killed her parents transferred from a secure state hospital to Miami a group home.

Circuit Judge O.H. Eaton Jr. ruled last Friday that Stephanie Gardner was healthy enough to be moved from a secure state facility to a private group home for the mentally ill where she will be monitored but not locked up, the Orlando Sentinel reported Sunday.

After a jury found Gardner innocent by reason of insanity following the deaths of her parents in 1988, Eaton ordered the then 30-year-old to be hospitalized indefinitely.

Despite having been diagnosed with bipolar schizoaffective disorder and having problems during earlier attempts to allow her less restrictive living conditions, Gardner's psychologist said she has not been suffering from delusions or hallucinations in the past year.

Following Eaton's ruling, Assistant State Attorney Chris White said a transfer was not the right thing for a woman who shot her parents and does not enjoy taking her prescribed medication.

"This woman killed two people," he told the Sentinel.

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