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Murder case resumes against Nichols Hills physician

BY NOLAN CLAY Modified: January 20, 2010 at 4:29 am •  Published: January 20, 2010

The Nichols Hills doctor accused of fatally stabbing his son looked gaunt and struggled with his emotions in court before a mental competency hearing Tuesday in his murder case.

Dr. Stephen Paul Wolf stayed composed, though, when the 5-minute hearing began. He answered the judge’s questions in a soft voice. He said he was willing and able to work with his attorney.

Oklahoma County District Judge Don Deason ordered criminal proceedings against the doctor to resume. The judge acted because a state psychologist reported Jan. 7 the doctor is mentally competent. Wolf’s attorney did not contest the findings.

The murder case had been on hold since Dec. 18 so the doctor could be evaluated.

Wolf, 51, 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. He repeatedly told the police officer, "He’s got the devil in him and you know it,” according to the affidavit.

Wolf’s son, Tommy, 9, died from multiple stab wounds. His wife, Mary Wolf, suffered cuts to her hands and face when she intervened. Stephen Wolf is charged with first-degree murder in his son’s death and assault and battery with a deadly weapon in his wife’s injuries.

Psychologist Shawn Roberson examined Wolf in the jail for two hours Jan. 6 because of concerns about his mental competency to face prosecution.

"Mr. Wolf can appreciate the nature of the charges against him and consult with his attorney to rationally assist in his defense,” the psychologist wrote in the report.

"Based upon his ongoing depression and history of psychotic symptoms in recent months, it is very important that he continues to receive treatment if his competency for adjudication is to remain intact. Ongoing Coverage: Nichols Hills doctor has disabled the comments for this article.