$3 million bond for suspect in Windham murder

Thomas Walters pleads not guilty to killing Windham man, trial date set for June

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published:

A June trial date has been set in the case of a Shalersville man accused of murdering a Windham man on Thanksgiving Day.

Thomas W. Walters, 43, pleaded not guilty Thursday morning in Portage County Common Pleas Court to seven felony charges in the alleged murder of Blake A. Wolfe, 37, on Nov. 22. The case against Walters is assigned to Judge John Enlow's courtroom.

Walters entered not guilty pleas to all the charges, including aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence. Bond was set at $3 million cash, and Walters remains in the Portage County jail pending future court dates.

Blake Wolfe was the estranged husband of Traci Y. Wolfe, 40, of Paris. Traci Wolfe and Walters allegedly went to Blake Wolfe's house at 9302 E. Center St. in Windham on Nov. 22 and killed him, according to the Portage County Sheriff's Office and Windham police. Blake Wolfe's cause of death has not been released by authorities.

Enlow said Walters' trial will begin on June 10. The next scheduled hearing in the case will be a status hearing on Jan. 14, Enlow said.

If convicted, Walters and Traci Wolfe could face the death penalty. Lesser penalties could include life in prison without parole, or life in prison with parole eligibility after 35, 25 or 20 years. Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci has declined to say at this point whether his office will seek the death penalty, but said it is an option in the case.

Traci Wolfe pleaded not guilty to the charges against her, which are identical to those against Walters, at her arraignment Monday in Judge Laurie Pittman's courtroom. She also is being held in the Portage County jail on $3 million bond.

An initial trial date for Traci Wolfe is set for Jan. 23 in Pittman's courtroom, according to court records.

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