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Menlo Park: Suspect pleads not guilty to murder charge

 

Francis Wolke, the man who allegedly killed Menlo Park resident and former Atherton town arborist Kathy Hughes Anderson in her home on Dec. 12, pleaded not guilty of murder in court today (Thursday, May 9) following several postponements of his hearing, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Wolke, 36, also waived his right to a speedy preliminary hearing.


Suspect Francis Wolke (Photo courtesy San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.)
According to the DA'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 known motive for the crime.

The case is set for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 17.

Wolke remains in custody on $10 million bail.

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