Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Fears Asks for ‘Therapeutic Visit’

Daniel Hawke Fears

Daniel Hawke Fears, now 33, will be asking Sequoyah County District Court for a “therapeutic visit” on Dec. 14.

Fears was diagnosed with schizophrenia and schizophrenia personality disorder and is being treated at the Oklahoma Forensic Center in Vinita. The center is seeking permission for Fears to attend weekly group therapy at Grand Lake Mental Health Center in Vinita. The request has been made several times, and denied each time, based on “lack of sufficient security.”

Fears was convicted in 2004 of first degree murder and shooting with intent to kill. He was sentenced to 11 life prison terms for his Oct. 26, 2002, shooting spree that started in Sallisaw, went through Muldrow and ended in Roland. Two women were killed and eight people were wounded. Fears was 18 at the time and a senior at Sallisaw High School.

In 2007, Fears’ convictions were reversed and it was ruled that Fears was not guilty by reason of insanity. He was ordered to the Oklahoma Forensic Center for treatment.

The annual request for the therapeutic visit was to be held Monday, but Fears’ attorney was unable to attend and the hearing was reset for 1:30 p.m. Dec.14.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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