Court will monitor wife-killer Tanner until 2013

Judge wants to be sure Raymond Tanner remains on medication regiment.

Staff Writer

HAMILTON — The 54-year-old man found not guilty by reason of insanity after he decapitated his wife 21 years ago on Valentine’s Day will remain under court supervision for two more years.

Raymond Tanner, of Hamilton, went before Butler County Common Pleas Judge Andrew Nastoff on Friday for a review of his conditional release. The review must be performed every two years.

Tanner was released from a mental health facility in 1996, six years after he killed 21-year-old Maria Tanner.

County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser said the judge is still not ready to release Tanner from his reporting requirements.

“The judge continued the type of supervision that Tanner has been under for the past two years and he continued it for an additional two-year period of time,” he said. “There will be psychological monitoring every three months to determine whether he has continued on his medication regime.”

Gmoser said Tanner is not under direct supervision but will need to continue — as he has in the past — to meet the judge’s requirements.

Tanner, a steak house meat cutter, killed his wife on Feb. 14, 1990, after an argument in their Fairfield home, sawing her head off. He put it on their bed, then walked to the police station in bloody clothes and admitted to the slaying.

At the time, Tanner was struggling with the death of a child, one of the “stressers” that contributed to his violent actions, his attorney, Greg Howard, has said.

Howard could not be reached for comment Friday.

But he asked Nastoff to take his client off supervision two years ago, saying there had not been any subsequent violent episodes.

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