MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) – The attorney for a Chaplin man who killed his pregnant wife in 1998 has withdrawn the psychiatric patient’s request to be released.

David Messenger sought permission to leave Connecticut Valley Hospital, where he was sent for a 20-year commitment in 2001.

He had been acquitted by reason of insanity in the bludgeoning death of his wife, Heather, in an attack that was recorded during a 911 call.

The state Psychiatric Security Review Board was slated to hear Messenger’s request Friday for conditional release, in which he could have returned to the community with treatment and supervision.

However, Messenger’s attorney withdrew the request after failing to convince the board to postpone the hearing so he could gather more information. He left open the door for future requests, however.

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