UPDATE: Jury decides man convicted of rape and murder 31 years ago is no longer sexually violent

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Eau Claire (WQOW) — A jury decided Friday Jeffrey Smith, the man convicted of raping and killing a woman in 1987, is no longer a sexually violent person.

Five of the six jurors agreed he is no longer a threat.

Smith was asking jurors to find him no longer sexually violent, so he can have more freedom. Friday’s decision means he will be discharged from his supervision commitment in ten days.

As we’ve reported, Smith was convicted of raping and killing Susan Fahrman 31 years ago, and was not allowed to leave his Augusta home without supervision.

The District Attorney Gary King argued against more freedom for Smith, saying he is still high risk.

An emotional Smith left the courtroom with more freedom. Fahrman’s family was also emotional, but hopeful as well.

“We’re all on some sort of journey of forgiveness,” said Greg Fahrman, the victim’s brother. “And I think this experience the last three days and having more information, and a better understanding of how well he’s done, gives me a feeling of optimism.”

Greg Fahrman said he hopes Smith is successful, because if he is, there will be no more victims. But he also asked, will Smith’s changes transfer into a free world filled with women, drugs and alcohol?


Eau Claire (WQOW) — Thursday, the jury in an Eau Claire County courtroom heard testimony in a trial for a man convicted of raping and killing a woman back in 1987.

Jeffery Smith is asking jurors to find him no longer sexually violent, so he can have more freedom. As we’ve reported, Smith was convicted for raping and killing Susan Fahrman 31 years ago, and currently cannot leave his Augusta home without supervision.

More: Day 1 trial recap

Experts associated with Smith’s treatment testified that it’s rare to see someone under supervised release do so well.

“He didn’t challenge those in authority. He was cooperative, he held institutional jobs, he didn’t get caught up with anti-social peers who were challenging of those in authority,” said one of the testifiers.

They also said while at Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center, Smith consented to regular therapy.

The jurors will hear more testimony and possibly make their decision Friday.

Samantha Wensel

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