Thursday, February 2, 2017

Fears Denied ‘Therapeutic Release’

A judge has again denied Daniel Hawke Fears, 32, permission to seek a therapeutic one-day release from the Oklahoma Forensic Center in Vinita.

Fears was 18 and a high school senior when he went on a shooting spree in 2002 through Sallisaw and Muldrow, killing two and injuring eight others. He was finally taken into custody in Roland.

Fears was later convicted but the conviction was overturned by the Oklahoma Criminal Court of Appeals, which ruled Fears was not guilty by reason of insanity.

Fears is now housed at the Oklahoma Forensic Center in Vinita.

His attorneys are asking that he be allowed to visit the Grand Lakes Mental Health Center once a week as a therapeutic release.

District Judge Jeff Payton ruled against that motion Monday.

The suggested therapeutic release was denied “due to lack of sufficient security to ensure safety of the community.”

An investigator with the district attorney’s office testified that anyone could walk out of the mental health center.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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