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Donald Flowers' Family Speaks Out on Killer's Release
A Wichita Falls family is without answers, and deeply troubled over a man who killed their father taking a major step toward freedom.
In March, 2011, Charles Davis was arrested for the death of Donald Flowers, who was stabbed to death in a hotel conference room in Minot, North Dakota.
They were both there working for Halliburton.
Flowers' family says Davis told the court he thought Flowers was a robot and Halliburton was cloning employees.
The court ruled last year Davis suffers from schizophrenia, and was not responsible for his actions.
He was sentenced to life in a state hospital where he was to undergo re-evaluation annually.
Flowers' family just got word Davis was released on Wednesday is now in a transitional living facility.
Flowers' daughter Destiney Miller says she can't believe he was allowed to leave the state hospital after his first review hearing.
"I'm in shock," Miller says. "For me and my siblings too and I know for the family, it's like a nightmare that just never ends... Charles pleas insanity and they grant it to him and then we hear he's suppose to go to the state hospital for the rest of his life but with a restriction, a yearly evaluation and now this. When does it stop? It just doesn't."
After his first review, Davis has been allowed to move into a transitional living facility where he will be supervised by the North Dakota Department of Health Services.
"I don't understand why so quickly, a man that's diagnosed with schizophrenia, murdered someone and you're quickly to give him so much freedom," Miller says.
Flowers' sister Paula Villarreal says court documents state Davis is also being allowed to work while living in the transitional living facility.
"We know he is in Jamestown," Villarreal says. "That's where the state hospital is and that's where his transitional living is in Jamestown, that's where he is working."
Miller exclaims, "We should have been contacted to prepare ourselves in a way I guess for what happen yesterday and it's not what happened at all. We were really blindsided."
Flowers' family wants to work with North Dakota lawmakers to change the laws in that state that will prohibit any convicted person in a state hospital from early release.
Davis' release requires regular treatment and drug testing.
His next hearing is set for Sept. 10, 2014.