Oklahoma Man Seeks Release From State Hospital

Ponca City Now - November 14, 2013 7:30 am

SALLISAW, Okla. (AP) – 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.

The Southwest Times Record 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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