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Continued: Man who killed his parents in Waconia one step closer to release from security hospital

  • Article by: DAVID CHANEN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 23, 2014 - 6:47 AM

Happ, visibly nervous as he testified, said he’s being “as honest as he can be” with the hospital staff. The guilt of killing his parents weighs heavy on him. It can be paralyzing at times, which is when he calls in sick for work, he said.

“There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t reflect on the damage I’ve done to my family,” he said.

Happ said he now knows his symptoms well and wouldn’t hesitate to report problems to the staff of the residential facility.

Carver County Attorney Mark Metz asked him why he wants to leave St. Peter, where he has experienced success in treating his illnesses.

“I want more liberties in my life,” he said. “I would like to spend more time with my friends. It would be very rewarding.”

Happ said he understands his family’s safety concerns. He told Metz he would agree to stay out of Carver County as part of his discharge plan.

During his brother’s testimony, David Happ did not look at him, and constantly closed his eyes and sank his head into his hands. After the hearing, David said it is still difficult to deal with his parents’ deaths and his brother’s possible release. He said he thought Richard’s responses sounded coached, and wondered if he was sincere about feeling remorse.

“My parents aren’t here because of him,” David Happ said. “It’s hard to forgive him.”

 

David Chanen • 612-673-4465

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