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La Crosse man tries to win freedom from state mental institution

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Pierce County Herald
La Crosse man tries to win freedom from state mental institution
Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

MADISON - A La Crosse man is trying to win back his freedom, after he was committed to a state mental institution for stabbing a police officer seven years ago.

30-year-old Joseph Smith will undergo a series of psychiatric tests. The results will be given to a judge in La Crosse who will consider Smith's latest petition for release. It's the sixth time he's made such a request.

Smith was released in 2010 from the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison, but he was returned four months later - and officials said he beat up a psychiatric technician after he came back. Smith was first arrested in 2006, after he attacked La Crosse officer Jon Wegner with a screwdriver during a traffic stop. The officer responded by shooting Smith twice.

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