Sallisaw shooting suspect competent for trial

Tuesday, May 20th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Sallisaw-AP) -- A Sallisaw teenager accused of going on a shooting spree, killing two people and wounding eight, was found competent Tuesday to stand trial.

Daniel Fears faces two first-degree murder charges and 16 other felony counts. The 18-year-old Fears is accused of taking a shotgun from his father's house in October, shooting neighbors then shooting at people as he drove from Sallisaw to Muldrow.

Patsy Sue Wells of Sallisaw and Reba Spangler of Fort Smith, Arkansas, were killed.

Fears' attorneys requested a mental evaluation in February, saying he couldn't consult with them and didn't understand the charges.

Tuesday's ruling comes after Fears' attorneys wrote that medications have helped Fears regain control of his mind and prosecutors presented a state psychologist's opinion that Fears is competent.