Nichols Hills doctor competent to face prosecution, judge rules

BY NOLAN CLAY Modified: January 19, 2010 at 6:13 pm •  Published: January 19, 2010

A judge today ordered criminal proceedings to resume against the Nichols Hills doctor accused of fatally stabbing his 9-year-old son.

Dr. Stephen Paul Wolf fought back tears before the hearing began but he later stayed composed as he quietly spoke with the judge.

Oklahoma County District Judge Don Deason ordered the murder case to resume because a psychologist reported Jan. 7 that the doctor is mentally competent.

Wolf's defense attorney did not contest the findings.

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

The psychologist examined Wolf, 51, in the jail for two hours Jan. 6 because of concerns about his mental competency to face prosecution.

The psychologist, Shawn Roberson, reported to a judge that Wolf understands the charge against him and can assist his defense attorney but must continue to receive treatment to stay competent.

The judge asked Wolf questions about the medications given to him in the jail for his mental condition and for low blood pressure.

Wolf identified the medications and said he is weak from his blood pressure problems if he raises up really quickly.

"Just in this brief conversation, it appears to me that Dr. Wolf is competent," the judge said.


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