Competency ruling expected today on Nichols Hills doctor accused of fatally stabbing son

BY NOLAN CLAY Modified: December 18, 2009 at 6:13 am •  Published: December 18, 2009
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A judge will decide today whether a Nichols Hills doctor needs to be examined to see if he is mentally competent to assist in his defense in a murder case.

The hearing before Oklahoma County District Judge Virgil C. Black is set for 1:30 p.m. today.

Dr. Stephen Paul Wolf, 51, is accused of fatally stabbing his son Nov. 16. Defense attorney Mack Martin asked for the examination. He told the judge he has not been able to communicate with Wolf in a rational manner on many occasions since Wolf’s arrest.

The attorney also told the judge he has serious concerns about Wolf’s competency after reading a police affidavit that "goes into vivid detail of a gruesome attack by Defendant Wolf against his 9-year-old son.”

Wolf was arrested Nov. 16 after a police officer found him straddling his stabbed son in the kitchen of their home, according to the police affidavit. His son, Tommy, died from multiple stab wounds. His wife, Mary Wolf, suffered cuts to her hands and face.

He repeatedly told the police, "He’s got the devil in him and you know it,” according to the affidavit.

Prosecutors on Nov. 25 charged Wolf with first-degree murder and assault and battery with a deadly weapon. Wolf has a history of mental illness that dates back to his first year in medical school, records show.

Wolf was treated at an Oklahoma City hospital earlier this month because of low blood pressure but is back at the jail.

If the judge orders the examination, a mental health professional will evaluate Wolf at the jail.

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