Aggravated murder defendant to be arraigned in July

By Laura McVicker, Columbian staff writer

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Updated: June 9, 2011, 6:35 PM

 

A Vancouver man charged with first-degree aggravated murder in the stabbing death of his girlfriend will be arraigned July 20.

Dennis L. Wolter on Wednesday waived his right to a speedy arraignment, postponing the June 23 hearing to July.

Clark County Prosecutor Tony Golik filed the aggravated murder charge, which carries a mandatory punishment, if convicted, of life in prison or the death penalty. By law, prosecutors must file a notice of intent to seek the death penalty within 30 days of arraignment.

Golik has said he does not yet know if he will seek capital punishment in the case.

Wolter, 43, was arrested May 26 after he was stopped by a Camas police officer for speeding and was found to be covered in blood, according to court documents.

Investigators searching the area of the traffic stop found the body of 41-year-old Kori Fredericksen down a steep embankment along Southeast Evergreen Highway. She had been stabbed repeatedly, according to court documents.

Wolter is being held without bail in the Clark County Jail.