Release of Man Who Killed Parents Considered

Relatives of a man sent to a secure psychiatric hospital after killing his parents 14 years ago in Carver County will argue against his release. The Minnesota Department of Human Services says Richard Happ is ready to leave the Minnesota Security Hospital and live in a state-operated residential facility in West St. Paul

Happ’s brother, Dave, witnessed his parents’ death in 1999 at their home in Waconia. Richard and Angela Happ were killed with a butcher knife.

Dave Happ and his cousin Dean Stuewe will try to convince a panel of three Dakota County District Court judges Friday that Richard Happ isn’t ready for release. They have the support of the Carver County attorney’s office.  A psychologist representing the county says Happ isn’t free of symptoms from his mental illness.