Windham murder trial re-set for July

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published:

The trial of a Paris woman accused of murdering her estranged husband during a burglary and robbery at his Windham home on Thanksgiving Day has been continued until July.

The trial of Traci Y. Wolfe, 40, will begin on July 29 in Portage County Common Pleas Court, according to court records. Judge Laurie Pittman is hearing the case.

Wolfe and her co-defendant, Thomas W. Walters, 43, of Shalersville, remain in the Portage County jail on $3 million bond each. Both have pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence. They allegedly murdered Traci Wolfe's estranged husband, Blake A. Wolfe, 37, inside his East Center Street home on Nov. 22.

Under Ohio law, the alleged crimes are eligible for the death penalty. So far, Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci has declined to say if his office will seek that as a sentence.

Walters' trial is scheduled to begin June 10 in Enlow's courtroom, according to court records.

Judge John Enlow, who is hearing Walters' case, recently approved the appointment of a third attorney to Walters' defense team, which already includes Akron attorneys David Doughten and Joseph Gorman. Angela Wiley, of the Ohio Public Defender's Office, will act as a mitigation investigator and assist Walters' legal team in preparing to defend him against a death sentence, according to Enlow's order.

Wiley will be paid $35 per hour up to a total of $5,000 for her work, unless Enlow approves additional funds.

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Contact this reporter at 330-298-1128 or dobrien@recordpub.com

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  • They both need to fry!

  • Its just really sad that they could do such a thing.it makes me sick.and to think that two lil kids lost their daddy.I hope they both get the death role.