Lincoln County Judge to Decide on Release of Erwin Simants from Psychiatric Care
A man once convicted of killing six members of a western Nebraska family should learn next month whether he can leave the state psychiatric hospital.
Erwin Simants was found guilty of the 1975 murder of the family outside Sutherland, but the decision was later overturned on an appeal.
Following that, Simants was later found not guilty by reason of insanity and sent to the Lincoln Regional Center, where he has been held.
A Lincoln County judge is now reviewing evidence presented at a recent hearing to determine whether Simants is fit for release.
Lindemeier, Simants' attorney, says four doctors and a
treatment team have examined the 67-year-old Simants and have concluded
that he's no longer mentally ill. Lindemeier says that means that, under
Nebraska law, Simants is entitled to be released.
The judge is expected to rule Oct. 24 on Simants' case.