Carson Denied Conditional Release
A Mauston man in custody for conspiring to commit 1st Degree Intentional Homicide of his case worker in 2011 was in a Juneau County Courtroom Wednesday morning. 23-year old Travis Carson and his attorney had petitioned the court for conditional release. Carson is serving 22-years in the Wisconsin mental health system currently at Mendota. As a result of the evaluation of Carson by a medical doctor and psychologist, their recommendations that Carson is not ready to be conditionally released into the community, and Juneau County District Attorney Mike Solevey’s request to deny the petition, Judge John Roemer denied the defendant’s request. By statute, Carson can petition the court every six months for conditional release. In July 2011, Carson had met with two confidential informants in a conspiracy to kill his social worker, Ed Merz, using a shot gun. Allegedly Merz had ruined Carson’s family life and took his girlfriend away from him. Judge Roemer said, “Carson has been diagnosed with mental disorders including long-term bi-polar disorder.” “Carson is taking his medication and following treatment at the mental hospital,” added his defense attorney.
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