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Nichols Hills doctor should stay in mental hospital, wife tells judge

BY NOLAN CLAY nclay@opubco.com Published: July 26, 2011
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A Nichols Hills woman told a judge her husband has shown her no remorse for killing their 9-year-old son and should be kept in a mental hospital “where he belongs.”

Mary Wolf wrote to Oklahoma County District Judge Don Deason about her husband, physician Stephen P. Wolf.

The judge has scheduled a hearing Aug. 9 to decide if Stephen Wolf, 52, will be released from a mental facility in Vinita.

“Nothing that my husband has done since he murdered my son has shown the remorse of a normal human being,” Mary Wolf wrote in the July 11 letter. “I hope he gets the help he needs, for a very, very long time.”

The doctor was admitted June 8 to the Oklahoma Forensic Center in Vinita. The judge ruled June 3 he was not guilty by reason of insanity of first-degree murder and assault.

A psychologist there has recommended Wolf be conditionally released concluding he is not presently dangerous.

The doctor has a long history of mental illness. He stabbed his son, Tommy, at their $500,000 home shortly before 4 a.m. Nov. 16, 2009. He repeatedly told the Nichols Hills police officer who broke up the attack, “He's got the devil in him,” according to a police affidavit.

His wife suffered cuts to her hands and face.

She has filed for a divorce and also is suing him over the attack. She wrote in the letter that her husband has told her “his lawyers feel he will only serve 18 months in the hospital and will then be released when they feel he is no longer a danger to himself or others.”

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