Mentally ill Oregon murder suspect may be released

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HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) -- A man who was found mentally incompetent to stand trial in a Forest Grove slaying may be discharged with no notification to authorities.

Washington County Deputy District Attorney Bracken McKey says public safety should be the priority. But patient privacy laws may prevent mental health workers from disclosing when Yovane Muro is released from hospital care and where he goes.

The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/5fCSt8 ) he was never found fit to stand trial in the 2004 slaying of a man who was stabbed and cut with a knife and throwing star.

The murder case was dismissed in 2008 and Muro was civilly committed to a state hospital. He was released in 2010 and arrested for a second time on the murder indictment. A judge dismissed the case again last week.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com