Man accused in killing seeks release

Posted: Friday, May 09, 2008

FAIRBANKS - A man who is accused of slitting the throat of a mental health worker in Fairbanks wants release from a psychiatric facility in Anchorage.

Brian Galbraith, 51, is institutionalized in the Alaska Psychiatric Institute. His request comes a month after a murder charge was dropped when Fairbanks Superior Court Judge Robert Downes declared him incompetent to stand trial.

Galbraith has been treated for paranoid schizophrenia since at least 1980. He was staying in a group home in Fairbanks when authorities say he killed Genine Holznagel-Leary, 32.

The institute's clinical director, Larry Maile, says an Anchorage judge will have to determine that Galbraith poses an imminent threat to others.

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