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News - May 15, 2019

Suspect pleads not guilty to murder charge in Hughes Anderson case

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 on May 9 following several postponements of his hearing, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Wolke also waived his right to a speedy preliminary hearing.

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.

— By Angela Swartz


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