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Group Expresses Outrage Over Court’s Decision

March 12, 2007

SALLISAW, Okla. (AP) About 100 people angered over a court’s decision to overturn Daniel Hawke Fears’ murder convictions gathered to express outrage over the killer’s release from prison.

The United Victims Rally yesterday at the Sequoyah County Fairgrounds in Sallisaw included many who were directly affected by Fears’ October 2002 shooting rampage that left two people dead and eight others wounded.

Eight months ago, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals unanimously reversed Fears’ two convictions on first-degree murder and multiple shooting with intent to kill, and his life-without-parole sentences. Fears reportedly admitted the shootings to authorities, but defense testimony focused on his mental illness.

The appellate judges also voted 3-to-2 to impose their own verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity and avoid a retrial altogether.

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Group Expresses Outrage Over Court’s Decision

March 12, 2007

SALLISAW, Okla. (AP) About 100 people angered over a court’s decision to overturn Daniel Hawke Fears’ murder convictions gathered to express outrage over the killer’s release from prison.

The United Victims Rally yesterday at the Sequoyah County Fairgrounds in Sallisaw included many who were directly affected by Fears’ October 2002 shooting rampage that left two people dead and eight others wounded.

Eight months ago, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals unanimously reversed Fears’ two convictions on first-degree murder and multiple shooting with intent to kill, and his life-without-parole sentences. Fears reportedly admitted the shootings to authorities, but defense testimony focused on his mental illness.

The appellate judges also voted 3-to-2 to impose their own verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity and avoid a retrial altogether.

"Safe Families Legislation" Heading Towards Senate

March 2, 2007

Two measures that are part of House GOP’s “Safe Families Legislation” are making their way towards Governor Henry’s desk. Under a measure passed by House lawmakers on Thursday, court-appointed special advocates (CASA) would be required to undergo background checks by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation

“Many local CASA agencies already have background check requirements, but this measure will establish a statewide standard for all so we can protect the integrity of the good work these advocates perform,” said Rep. Kris Steele (R-Shawnee), author of House Bill 1927. CASA volunteers play such a vital role in determining the placement of a child that has been abused or neglected. This builds on the work of the Oklahoma CASA Association.” HB 1927 passed the House floor by an overwhelming margin Thursday, 92 to 1. It now goes to the state Senate for consideration.

Later today, legislation increasing required prison sentences for sex offenders is headed for a vote on the House floor.

House Bill 1816, authored by Rep. David Dank would increase the penalty for sex offenses against children under 12 to a minimum sentence of 25 years and not more than life imprisonment. No minimum sentence currently exists for such offenses.

“We must make sure, for our children and our grandchildren, that Oklahoma is a safe place to grow up,” said Dank (R-Oklahoma City). “It’s a fact that far too many sex offenders come to our communities and have the opportunity to prey on the innocent.”

The measure passed a vote of the House Judiciary and Public Safety Committee on Thursday.

Legislation Protecting Student-Age Victims of Sexual Violence Headed to

February 28, 2007

HB 1051 Part of House GOP “Safe Families Platform”

A key portion of the House Republican Safe Families Platform passed out of committee today and is now headed to the House floor.

House Bill 1051, by House Speaker Lance Cargill, prevents student-aged sex offenders from attending the same school as their victims. The measure was approved by the House Education Committee.

“No victim of a violent crime, particularly a child, should have to face their attacker on a daily basis,” said Cargill (R-Harrah). “Often, the student victim will change schools or in some cases, the entire family will move so that their child will not have to endure this. This bill will put the burden of starting over in a different school on the attacker.”

Cargill introduced a similar measure last year after being contacted by a female student from his district who was raped by a classmate. Her attacker was allowed to return to the same school. However, Cargill’s 2006 bill died in the State Senate.

The “Safe Families Platform” is part of the 2007 House Republican “Year of Ideas Agenda”.

Victim’s Group Holding Rally to Launch Campaign to Inform Citizens of Changes Needed in Mental Health Laws in Oklahoma – Public Safety at Stake

February 22, 2007

United Victims group concerned over Title 43A Legislation in Oklahoma that governs how the criminally insane are released back into the community. Daniel Hawke Fears may be released due to a loophole in the law. The group asks Governor Brad Henry for an emergency session of the Legislature.

Sallisaw, OK (PRWEB) February 22, 2007 — United Victims group is asking Governor Brad Henry to create an emergency session of the Legislature to amend Title 43A Legislation that allows the criminally insane to re-enter the community. A rally slated for March 10, 2007 at the Sequoyah County Fairgrounds will inform the community of Sallisaw about the issues and move toward a community based effort to pressure lawmakers for a change in the statute.

Daniel Hawke Fears was convicted in September 23, 2004 for the killing of two women, Patsy Wells and Reba Spangler and shooting several others during a shooting spree covering 20 miles of U.S. 64 from Sallisaw to Roland Oklahoma. A Sequoyah County jury convicted Fears to two terms of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole; nine terms of life imprisonment; and 120 years.

On July 7, 2006, by unpublished Opinion the Court reversed and remanded the case to the District Court of Sequoyah County for entry of a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity.

United Victims group urges lawmakers to also adopt a policy that prevents insane persons who commit heinous crimes to be under security for the remainder of their lives. Roger Nix, United Victims Coordinator and son of Patsy Wells stated “it is too dangerous to experiment with the community when dealing with someone who has demonstrated his capability of killing innocent people.” Dr. Lee Coleman, M.D. in his book “The Reign of Error: Psychiatry, Authority, and Law” states, “First, psychiatrists do not have the tools that society thinks they have. They have no special way of predicting who will commit a criminal act or of determining when a criminal is cured of antisocial tendencies. They have no tests to determine a person’s innermost thoughts, even though the courts assume they do.”

United Victims Rally “Keep Sallisaw Safe” is scheduled for March 10, 2007 at the Sequoyah County Fairgrounds Community Building, corner of Redwood Street and Shurley Avenue at 10:00am.

Victim’s Group Holding Rally to Launch Campaign to Inform Citizens of Changes Needed in Mental Health Laws in Oklahoma – Public Safety at Stake

February 22, 2007

United Victims group concerned over Title 43A Legislation in Oklahoma that governs how the criminally insane are released back into the community. Daniel Hawke Fears may be released due to a loophole in the law. The group asks Governor Brad Henry for an emergency session of the Legislature.

Sallisaw, OK (PRWEB) February 22, 2007 — United Victims group is asking Governor Brad Henry to create an emergency session of the Legislature to amend Title 43A Legislation that allows the criminally insane to re-enter the community. A rally slated for March 10, 2007 at the Sequoyah County Fairgrounds will inform the community of Sallisaw about the issues and move toward a community based effort to pressure lawmakers for a change in the statute.

Daniel Hawke Fears was convicted in September 23, 2004 for the killing of two women, Patsy Wells and Reba Spangler and shooting several others during a shooting spree covering 20 miles of U.S. 64 from Sallisaw to Roland Oklahoma. A Sequoyah County jury convicted Fears to two terms of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole; nine terms of life imprisonment; and 120 years.

On July 7, 2006, by unpublished Opinion the Court reversed and remanded the case to the District Court of Sequoyah County for entry of a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity.

United Victims group urges lawmakers to also adopt a policy that prevents insane persons who commit heinous crimes to be under security for the remainder of their lives. Roger Nix, United Victims Coordinator and son of Patsy Wells stated “it is too dangerous to experiment with the community when dealing with someone who has demonstrated his capability of killing innocent people.” Dr. Lee Coleman, M.D. in his book “The Reign of Error: Psychiatry, Authority, and Law” states, “First, psychiatrists do not have the tools that society thinks they have. They have no special way of predicting who will commit a criminal act or of determining when a criminal is cured of antisocial tendencies. They have no tests to determine a person’s innermost thoughts, even though the courts assume they do.”

United Victims Rally “Keep Sallisaw Safe” is scheduled for March 10, 2007 at the Sequoyah County Fairgrounds Community Building, corner of Redwood Street and Shurley Avenue at 10:00am.

Crime Victims Advocacy Group Calls on Legislature for an Impeachment Investigation of Oklahoma Criminal Court of Appeals Judges

February 16, 2007

Oklahoma Criminal Court of Appeals judges, Charles Chapel, Charles Johnson and David Lewis may have violated their Oath of Office when ruling on Fears v. State, Case No. F-2004-1279, January 26, 2007. United Victims group seeks support from the Oklahoma Legislature to launch an impeachment investigation.

Sallisaw, OK (PRWEB) February 15, 2007 — Daniel Hawke Fears was convicted in September 23, 2004 for the killing of two women, Patsy Wells and Reba Spangler and shooting several others during a shooting spree covering 20 miles of U.S. 64 from Sallisaw to Roland Oklahoma. A Sequoyah County jury convicted Fears to two terms of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole; nine terms of life imprisonment; and 120 years.

On July 7, 2006, by unpublished Opinion the Court reversed and remanded the case to the District Court of Sequoyah County for entry of a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity. Attorney General, Drew Edmondson filed a Petition for Rehearing on July 19, 2006. The Oklahoma Criminal Court of Appeals issued an order staying the mandate on July 20, 2006. On January 26, 2007 the Court denied the Petition for Rehearing and ordered Fears to a mental facility in Vinita, Oklahoma. The jury in this case was denied its decision and essentially ruled incompetent.

United Victims group is asking the Legislature to investigate possible Constitutional violations in the appeal of Fears v. State. under Article 8, Section 1 & 4 of the Constitution of Oklahoma. Court members may have violated their oath, consciously disregarded state law and incorrectly cited the “Oklahoma Truth in Sentencing Act” as law that was repealed July 1, 1999 without ever taking effect. See 1998 Okla. Sess. Laws, 1st Ex.Sess., ch. 2 § 23 (eff. July 1, 1999) and, 1999 Okla. Sess. Laws, 1st Ex. Sess., ch. 5 § 452 (eff. July 1, 1999) Read more…