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Family member of murder victim wants answers following Riverwest homicide

Family member of murder victim wants answers following Riverwest homicide

By Matt Montgomery. CREATED Sep 10, 2012

MILWAUKEE- A judge's son accused of murder, and the victim's sister-in-law talked to TODAY'S TMJ4 about her family member.

Teresa Boone was walking through Kilbourn Reservoir Park in Riverwest the night she was killed.  She wasn't even supposed to be there, but her truck ran out of gas.

James Donegan is charged with murdering Janice Quin's sister-in-law, Teresa Boone.

"The judicial system is set up to protect us but we were left unprotected," said Quin.  "Teresa (Boone) was my hero of education. She was my hero of being a mom and not quitting."

A judge ordered a mental evaluation of Donegan, and that concerns Quin.

"If he is so mentally incompetent why was this person not in an institution, where he can be supervised and taking his meds?"

Donegan's father -- a Milwaukee County judge -- agrees his son has mental issues.

He didn't want to go on camera, but told TODAY'S TMJ4 that James Donegan spent more than a month in a mental health facility 10 years ago.  He also said his son had hallucinations.

A few weeks ago, Judge Thomas Donegan noticed his son was often paranoid.  He questioned if James had failed to take prescribed meds.

It's a history that has Quin asking why more wasn't done to monitor James Donegan.  And if others should be held responsible for his actions.

The Journal Sentinel reports that Judge Donegan will retire in November.  He told TODAY'S TMJ4 those plans were made before this case involving his son occurred.