Judge throws out murder charge

Posted: Thursday, April 03, 2008

FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks judge threw out a murder charge against a man with a history of mental illness.

Superior Court Judge Robert Downes dismissed the charge against Brian Galbraith, 51, instead ordering the attorney general's office to begin the process of committing him to a mental hospital.

Galbraith was accused of stabbing and killing a mental health worker last year at a mental health facility.

Authorities said Galbraith suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. They said he killed 32-year-old Genine Holznagel-Leary by stabbing her in the back and slitting her throat.

Galbraith has been in psychiatric care since the 1980s.

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