Nichols Hills doctor who stabbed son is acquitted of murder on insanity ground

Dr. Stephen Paul Wolf will be sent to an Oklahoma mental hospital. He cannot be released unless the judge approves it.
BY NOLAN CLAY nclay@opubco.com Modified: June 3, 2011 at 9:01 pm •  Published: June 3, 2011

The doctor can be heard saying, “Mary, he's the devil.” Mary Wolf replies, “He's not the devil.”

The prosecutor said the doctor attacked his son at first in the boy's bedroom. She said the boy tried to get away from his father. The attack ended in the kitchen.

Important to both experts was that the doctor tried to continue the attack even after the police officer pulled him off his son. “That was something that both of the experts really, really considered in making the finding he was in a delusional stage,” Lavenue said.

She said Wolf was involved in his son's activities, and they often were seen throwing a ball around in their front yard.

The experts' reports reveal Wolf decided to stay with his brother two nights before the attack because of his delusions. On the night of the attack, he was at first at his parents' house but had his wife pick him up because he could not sleep. He went to get a bowl of cereal at some point in the morning. He told both experts he could not remember clearly what happened during the attack. He fell asleep in a police squad car after his arrest, according to one report.

“He does wish he could trade places with his son and wishes that he had died that night and not his son, that he had turned the knife on himself,” reported Tiller, who interviewed Wolf last August.

“His delusional disorder … rendered him incapable of realizing the consequences of his actions but even more so of being able to control himself at this time,” Tiller reported. “He was suffering from a major mental illness, that being Bipolar Mood Disorder, Type 1 in a mixed manic phase with psychosis.”

Wolf described for the psychiatrist a life in turmoil in the fall of 2009.

He was facing a malpractice trial, disciplinary action at his hospital for allegedly throwing a chart at a nurse and a deteriorated marriage, according to the reports.

“Further, he was gambling,” the psychiatrist reported. “He spent and lost large sums of money gambling, depleting all of their savings and running up their credit cards to the maximum line.”

His wife has not filed for divorce but did file a civil lawsuit against him over the attack. He told the judge he is taking anti-psychotic medication and anti-depressants.

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