- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 31, 2017

SALLISAW, Okla. (AP) - A judge has ruled that a Sallisaw man diagnosed with schizophrenia is a danger to society, and will not be permitted weekly outpatient visits to a mental health clinic.

District Judge Jeff Payton issued his ruling Monday in Sequoyah County District Court, the Tulsa World (https://bit.ly/2kcMx7T ) reported. The judge denied a request made by the Oklahoma Forensic Center for Daniel Hawke Fears, 32, to have once-a-week outpatient visits to Grand Lake Mental Health Center.

“I have to weigh the danger to the community,” Payton said

Dr. Satwant Tandon testified that Fears “continues to struggle with accepting his diagnosis.” Tandon said that Fears doesn’t accept his mental illness and doesn’t believe his medication is helping him. He said outpatient treatment might help with his isolation and make him more compliant.

However, Prosecutor Eric Jordan contended that Grand Lake Mental Health Center lacks security.

“If something happens, by the time they detain him he could have had a violent interaction with the public,” Jordan said.

In 2002, Fears, a then Sallisaw High School senior, went on a shooting rampage that killed two women and wounded eight others, including a 2-year-old girl. He was originally convicted in 2004 and sentenced to 11 life prison terms, which were later overturned in a ruling that Fears was not guilty by reason of insanity.

“We are so glad he is not going to get out,” said David Wells, whose mother was fatally shot in the 2002.

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Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com

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