A hearing to determine whether the first woman confined to the state’s Special Commitment Center for sexual predators should receive a so-called “release trial” was postponed Friday.
Laura McCollum, 55, wants to be released to “a less restrictive alternative,” likely a halfway house in Seattle. She was confined to the center in 1995 after a conviction for child rape in Pierce County.
Superior Court Judge Bryan Chushcoff was to decide Friday whether to hold a trial to determine if it would be in McCollum’s and society’s best interest to move her out of the center. McCollum’s attorneys say yes. Attorneys representing the state say no.
The hearing was delayed until July 19.adam.lynn@ thenewstribune.com