KOTA Territory woman asks court to move her to a new facility - KOTA Territory News

KOTA Territory woman asks court to move her to a new treatment facility


A KOTA Territory woman found 'not guilty by reason of insanity' in 2011 for attempted murder back is back in court via closed circuit TV.

Thursday's hearing was at the request of Casey Eleeson and her doctors.

They want a judge to allow Eleeson to continue treatment at a minimum security group home and to begin transitioning back into society.

Eleeson admits stabbing her father at his Rapid City home, stealing his gun, then driving to her mother's house and shooting her in December 2009.

She has spent the last two years undergoing court-ordered treatment at the Human Services Center in Yankton.

Two doctors testified on Eleeson's behalf, stating they believe her diagnosed schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder are under control with therapy and medication.

After more than two hours of testimony, Judge Thomas Trimble granted Eleeson's request to be transferred to a group home treatment facility in Watertown.

While there she'll have more freedom to come and go and begin the transition of becoming a productive member of society.

Pennington County State's Attorney Lara Roetzel anticipates Elleson will stay under the supervision of the court for decades.

"We are really lucky that we live in a state like South Dakota where we have laws that allow the court to monitor the criminally insane and provide for their treatment and transition back into our community. This is going to be a long process," said Roetzel.

Although the court granted the request, it will ultimately be up to the doctors at the Yankton facility to decide when Eleeson can move to the facility in Watertown.

Both of Eleeson's parents, the victims in the case, were in court and agree she was ready for this next step.

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