Oklahoma man seeks release from state hospital

SALLISAW — An Oklahoma man committed to a psychiatric hospital for an eastern Oklahoma shooting rampage that left two dead and eight others wounded is asking a judge to release him from the facility.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: November 14, 2013
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SALLISAW — An Oklahoma man committed to a psychiatric hospital for an eastern Oklahoma shooting rampage that left two dead and eight others wounded is asking a judge to release him from the facility.

The state Forensic Review Board has recommended that 29-year-old Daniel Hawke Fears be released from a psychiatric facility in Vinita and receive outpatient treatment.

A jury convicted Fears in 2004 of two counts of first-degree murder, five counts of drive-by shooting and eight counts of shooting with intent to kill. The Oklahoma Criminal Court of Appeals later overturned those convictions, finding that Fears was not guilty by reason of insanity.

A local newspaper reports that Fears is due in court Thursday in Sequoyah County. Prosecutors have objected to the recommendation that Fears be released.


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