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Murder suspect's plea postponed due to delayed coroner's report

 

Francis Wolke, the man who allegedly killed Menlo Park resident and former Atherton town arborist Kathy Hughes Anderson in her home on Dec. 12, was scheduled to enter his plea in court today (Friday, April 12) following several postponements.

However, the case was postponed again to May 9.


Francis Wolke. (Photo courtesy San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.)
The court granted the defense another continuance of the case Friday, against the objections of the prosecution, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Wolke's attorney wants to review the autopsy report before entering a plea, but the county Coroner's Office has not yet completed the report, according to Wagstaffe.

It usually takes no longer than six weeks after a death for the District Attorney's Office to receive an autopsy report from the Coroner's Office, Wagstaffe said. He said he didn't know why the report was delayed.

According to the District Attorney's Office, Wolke had arrived in the Bay Area from Cincinnati just a few days before the murder, and there is no known relationship or contact between Wolke and Hughes Anderson, who was stabbed to death, nor a motive for the crime.

Wolke is in custody on $10 million bail.

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