Two Portage County residents remain in the Portage County jail on $1 million bond, charged in the Thanksgiving Day murder of a Windham man police say is the estranged husband of one of the suspects.
Traci Y. Wolfe, 40, of 10540 Oak St., Paris, and Thomas W. Walters, 43, of 3153 Polly Road, Shalersville, were arraigned via video Monday in Portage County Municipal Court in Ravenna. Judge Mark Fankhauser set bond at $1 million cash for both.
They are charged with the Nov. 22 murder of Blake A. Wolfe, 37, of 9302 W. Center St. He was found dead in his home that day by Windham police, who investigated along with Portage County sheriff's detectives and agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation and arrested Traci Wolfe and Walters the following morning.
Both Traci Wolfe and Walters requested to be interviewed for court-appointed counsel. They remain held in the Portage County jail pending future court dates.
During her arraignment, Traci Wolfe asked Fankhauser if she could be released from jail so she could be "escorted to the funeral of my husband."
A woman seated in the courtroom pointed at Traci Wolfe on the video screen and screamed "No you won't!" Fankhauser told the woman she would be removed from the courtroom if she had another outburst, then denied Traci Wolfe's request.
Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci, who requested the high cash bond, called Blake Wolfe's death a "premeditated and brutal murder."
Vigluicci declined further comment after the hearing.
Preliminary hearings are scheduled for Friday morning in Judge Kevin Poland's courtroom. Additional charges are possible once the case is heard by a Portage County grand jury and assigned to a judge in Portage County Common Pleas Court.
An autopsy was conducted on Blake Wolfe's body by the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office on Friday. An official cause of death has not been released by authorities.
Portage County court records show Blake and Traci Wolfe were married in July 2011. Blake Wolfe was twice arrested on misdemeanor domestic violence charges -- once in January for choking and hitting Traci Wolfe, according to Windham police, and once in September for allegedly telling his wife during a verbal argument that he would "crush her skull," according to the Portage County Sheriff's Office.
In the case from January, Blake Wolfe pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, a fourth-degree misdemeanor. A jail term was suspended on the condition he pay a $100 fine and attend alcohol addiction recovery meetings for six months and have no similar offense for two years.
The charge from September still was pending in municipal court at the time of his death.
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