Anna Tang can return home for now

Anna L. Tang was today permitted to return to her home in Brighton, where she may remain under the same restrictions she was subject to prior to her trial, for the past three years.

When she was found not guilty by reason of insanity on Wednesday, Dec. 8, Judge Bruce R. Henry ordered her to undergo psychiatric evaluation at the Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center. She had been charged with attempted murder, home invasion, and assault, all in connection with the Oct. 2007 stabbing of Wolfe B. Styke ’11 in his Next House dorm room. Tang has been confined to the Fuller since then, and arrived at the court today in handcuffs.

The prosecution today argued that Tang should be kept in confinement at the Fuller or incarcerated in a jail. The defense argued that because the written report from the Fuller concludes that Tang does not pose a danger to herself or to others, Tang should be released. But in a compromise move, the defense told the judge that Tang would be happy to accept the same conditions she was under previously — with the exception of $5,000 bail which had already been returned to Tang’s mother.

The judge granted the defense’s compromise request just before 1 p.m. today. Tang will once gain undergo GPS monitoring with an ankle bracelet, must not enter Cambridge or MIT or be near Wolfe Styke, and may leave home only for activities approved by the Court and her probation officer, which include exercise, visits with doctors (which are quite frequent), and attendance at church.

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