Port Angeles: Rowan release hearing set for July 9

PORT ANGELES — A judge will hold a July 9 hearing on whether Dr. Bruce Rowan is ready for “conditional release” from Western State Hospital’s locked ward for the criminally insane.

The hearing was supposed to be scheduled for some time before June 5.

But Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Shea said he needed time to have an outside expert review Western State’s report on Rowan.

In addition, the trial schedule for Rowan’s lawyer, David Allen of Seattle, is too packed for the attorney to attend a June hearing.

Clallam County Superior Court Judge George L. Wood will make a decision on Rowan’s release after hearing arguments from Shea and Allen on July 9.

Concerned citizens, family and friends are not expected to be allowed to make statements at the hearing, court officials said.

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