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Limited release proposed for Nichols Hills doctor who killed his son

Dr. Stephen Paul Wolf, 52, was admitted June 8 to the Oklahoma Forensic Center in Vinita after he was found not guilty by reason of insanity of first-degree murder and assault.
BY NOLAN CLAY nclay@opubco.com Modified: July 23, 2011 at 11:40 pm •  Published: July 23, 2011

In a separate July 13 report, the senior staff psychiatrist at the Vinita center wrote Wolf “does not meet criteria for involuntary hospitalization as defined” in the law because he is not presently dangerous.

“It is my professional opinion that the symptoms of psychosis (delusional thinking) are in remission,” the psychiatrist, Dr. Michael A. Nugent, also wrote.

Pending lawsuit

Wolf's wife has sued him for divorce and also is pursuing a wrongful-death lawsuit against him, his family and an on-call physician, records show. Mary Wolf's brother said she has adopted newborn twins, a boy and a girl. The brother said her family hopes the judge will take into consideration their safety, too. “There's a surviving victim,” the brother said.

The doctor was arrested at his Nichols Hills home the morning of the attack and was held in the Oklahoma County jail until he was hospitalized in Vinita.

If he is not released, he will stay at the Oklahoma Forensic Center for inpatient treatment in a program with others found not guilty of crimes by reason of insanity. Only the judge can approve a move to a less restrictive environment. The center is run by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

He is quoted in one of the reports to the judge as saying he believes it was fair that he was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

“I was totally delusional when I killed my son,” he is quoted as saying. “I was thinking that Tommy was evil, that he would do bad things in his life, and I was feeling evil myself and I started thinking if I'm evil, my son must be evil. … I just don't think there'll be a day I'll be happy ever again. … I feel terrible ... I was really sick and, if I think of that, I'm easier on myself than otherwise. I miss Tommy so much.”


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