A Nichols Hills doctor accused of fatally stabbing his 9-year-old son told reporters Friday, "Yes, I’m sorry. Of course, I’m sorry.” Dr. Stephen Paul Wolf, 51, made the statement as Oklahoma County sheriff deputies took him in shackles to a court hearing about his mental state. At the five-minute hearing, District Judge Virgil C. Black ordered Wolf to undergo an evaluation to determine whether he is competent to assist his defense attorney in the case. Wolf kept his head down most of the time in court. The order means an expert from the state Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services will interview Wolf in the Oklahoma County jail. The expert will then make a report, probably in a month. The judge told Wolf, "You need to cooperate with the people who come over and talk with you.” Wolf was arrested Nov. 16 after a police officer found him straddling his stabbed son in the kitchen of their home, according to a police affidavit. His son, Tommy, died from multiple stab wounds. His wife, Mary Wolf, suffered cuts to her hands and face. The doctor repeatedly told police who responded, "He’s got the devil in him and you know it,” according to the affidavit. Prosecutors 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’s defense attorney, Mack Martin, asked for the evaluation. Martin told the judge in a written application that he has not been able to communicate with Wolf in a rational manner on many occasions since Wolf’s arrest.
If found incompetent, man would be treatedProsecutors did not oppose the request for an examination. Even if Wolf is found to be competent, he can still raise the insanity defense. The test for insanity is whether a defendant knew right from wrong at the moment of the crime. At issue in a competency exam is whether a defendant appreciates the nature of the criminal charge against him and whether he is able to consult with his lawyer and rationally assist in preparing a defense. A judge likely would send Wolf to the state mental hospital in Vinita for treatment if he is found to be incompetent. Most defendants eventually obtain competency. Some never do. "An application for a determination of competency is a fairly common thing,” prosecutor Suzanne Lister said.