YAKIMA, Wash;--A Yakima County Superior Court Judge decided today to honor the wishes of the Department of Social and Health Services and send Phillip Paul back to Eastern State Mental Hospital.
Paul has been at Eastern State for 20 years for murdering a Sunnyside woman in 1987. Last September he escaped during a field trip to the Spokane County Fair and was the subject of a massive manhunt.
Based on his attempted escape and testimonies from witnesses for the prosecution, the Judge decided to send Paul back to the hospital. Family members of Paul's victim say he still hasn't proven he can be a productive member of society.
"He's been given several opportunities under different conditional releases and he's blown them all so he should start back over wherever he winds back in," says Fred Whitney, the son-in-law of Paul's victim.
Judge Michael Schwab says Paul still doesn't acknowledge the fact he has a problem and if allowed into public he most likely wouldn't take his medication.
The only reason he was even up for release was because the hearing was scheduled before his latest escape.