An elderly man, accused of killing a minister's wife in St. Cloud more than 30-years ago, has been released from state custody.
Steve Bronson, 63, was found incompetent to stand trial in the 1979 murder of Norma Page, a 28-year-old mother of two. He was released at the direction of a circuit judge around 6:30 p.m. Thursday, moments after a ruling came out of the Fifth District Court of Appeals.
Bronson is a stroke victim who suffers brain damage. Defense lawyers have been trying to get him accepted into a nursing home.
Family members tell FOX 35 that they are sickened over the release. They said they are angered that Bronson, who confessed two years ago to the killing when confronted by investigators with DNA evidence, will get to spend his last years of life enjoying freedom.
A sister of the victim said that the family intends to picket the facility which will eventually house Bronson, and they will lobby lawmakers to pass legislation which would force nursing homes to do background checks on their residents.