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News - October 23, 2019

Menlo Park murder suspect appears in court for preliminary hearing

Francis Wolke, the 27-year-old Cincinnati man charged with killing former Atherton town arborist Kathy Hughes Anderson in her Menlo Park home last year, appeared at a preliminary hearing in San Mateo County Superior Court on Oct. 17, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

At the hearing, the judge heard from Menlo Park police officers and Daniel Baggett, who came on the scene after Hughes Anderson was stabbed to death and who held Wolke at knifepoint until police arrived, according to the DA's office.

The defense presented no evidence, Wagstaffe said.

Wagstaffe said he expects Wolke to re-enter his plea of not guilty before Judge Joseph Scott on Nov. 1, at which time the judge will set the date for a jury trial and a pre-trial conference.

According to the District Attorney's Office, Wolke had arrived in the Bay Area from Cincinnati just a few days before the killing on Dec. 12, and there is no known relationship or contact between Wolke and Hughes Anderson, nor a known motive for the crime.

Wolke remains in custody on $10 million bail.

— Rick Radin


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