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Community Colleges not notified of killer's enrollment, seeking change

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Schizophrenic killer Phillip Paul is back at Eastern State Hospital Schizophrenic killer Phillip Paul is back at Eastern State Hospital

SPOKANE, Wash. - Administrators at Community Colleges of Spokane say they were never notified that confessed killer Phillip Paul once took classes on their campus. Now they're asking hospital officials to inform them when patients enroll in classes.

A criminally insane patient at Eastern State Hospital, Paul walked away from a supervised field trip to the Spokane County Interstate Fair on Thursday. A four day hunt for him followed before he turned himself in to law enforcement officers late Sunday afternoon on a rural south-central Washington highway.

Paul was committed after he was diagnosed as schizophrenic and acquitted by reason of insanity in the slaying of an elderly woman in Sunnyside in 1987.


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Phillip Paul took classes over four quarters at Spokane Falls Community College in 1996. In a letter dated September 18, the college chancellor says administrators at Eastern State Hospital (ESH), "did not notify CCS at any time that the patient was in attendance."

The letter says the school, "would like the opportunity to review any ESH patients who are considering enrolling at one of the CCS institutions."
Read the entire letter by clicking the link to the right of the story

State law requires the campus accept almost any student who applies for admission, however there are exceptions for students who would cause a disruption or would not be competent to take classes or benefit from the curriculum.

Phillip Paul was classified criminally insane after confessing his role in the 1987 killing of 87-year-old Ruth Mottley was killed by Paul in Sunnyside, Washington. Paul was found "not guilty by reason of insanity" and committed to Eastern State Hospital.

Administrators say they want to balance students' right to privacy with safety concerns on campus.

Administrators at the Department of Social and Health Services are conducting an internal investigation to determine how and why Paul was allowed off campus.  Several DSHS administrators were also e-mailed the letter.  Results of the investigation are expected in mid-October.

Authorities at ESH and DSHS have yet to respond to the letter, according to college staff.

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