Judge grants change of venue for "Halloween Killer" Gerald Turner

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Published: May. 9, 2018 at 5:41 PM CDT
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A man known as the "Halloween Killer" for murdering a 9-year-old girl in Fond du Lac on Halloween in 1975 is granted a change of venue as he fights the state's efforts to keep him in custody.

Prosecutors appealed the judge's decision last month to move Gerald Turner's hearing from Fond du Lac County -- where Turner committed his crimes -- to Dane County -- where Turner's parole was revoked in 2003. The judge denied the prosecution's appeal.

Turner was convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering Lisa French. He was released from prison because of the sentencing laws in effect at that time and is in a supervised living facility in Juneau.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice is petitioning to have Turner committed to a mental health facility, saying he's still a dangerous predator.