Two people who allegedly murdered a Windham man inside his home on Thanksgiving Day have been indicted on criminal charges that could allow prosecutors to seek the death penalty against them.
Traci Y. Wolfe, 40, of 10540 Oak St., Paris, and Thomas W. Walters, 43, of 3153 Polly Road, Shalersville, were indicted Nov. 29 by a Portage County grand jury on seven felony charges each. They include two counts each of aggravated murder, all unclassified felonies; two counts each of aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery, all first-degree felonies, and one count each of tampering with evidence, both third-degree felonies.
Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci said specifications to the charges contained in the indictment "would permit" his office to seek the death penalty against Traci Wolfe and Walters. He declined Tuesday to say if a decision had been made, saying only that "it's a possibility."
One of the aggravated murder charges alleges that Walters and Traci Wolfe murdered her estranged husband, Blake A. Wolfe, 37, "purposely, with prior calculation and design," inside his house at 9302 E. Center St. in Windham on Nov. 22. The other alleges the murder occurred while Traci Wolfe and Thomas Walters were committing, attempting to commit or fleeing after committing aggravated burglary or aggravated robbery. Blake Wolfe's cause of death has not been released.
Traci Wolfe was arraigned Monday in Portage County Common Pleas Court. Her bond was increased to $3 million cash, Vigluicci said. She remains in the Portage County jail pending a trial scheduled to begin in Judge Laurie Pittman's courtroom on Jan. 23.
Walters will be arraigned in Judge John Enlow's courtroom at 9 a.m. Thursday, according to court records.
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