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State to report on how insane killer escaped

SPOKANE, Wash. - Department of Social and Health Services Secretary Susan Dreyfus has called a news conference today in Spokane to talk about the department's review of an escape from Eastern State Hospital custody.

A criminally insane killer was at large for three days last month after walking away from an outing at the Spokane County Interstate Fair.

Phillip Arnold Paul was recaptured September 20 near Goldendale and returned to the hospital.

The 47-year-old has been committed since 1987 when he was found not guilty by reason of insanity for killing a 78-year-old woman in Sunnyside.

Dreyfus has said the Legislature may be asked to change the law so that criminals who are judged to be insane would be sent to prison.

We will provide a live stream of the press conference on or beginning at 2:30 p.m.