WA man arrested in woman's death held without bail

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VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) -- A Vancouver, Wash., man arrested for investigation of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his estranged girlfriend has been ordered held without bail.

Prosecutors say a blood-covered Dennis L. Wolter was arrested Thursday morning, not far from where the body of 41-year-old Kori Fredericksen was found down a steep embankment along a highway. The Columbian says lawyer Therese Lavallee was appointed Friday to represent Wolter, a 43-year-old maintenance man. Police say he has denied any role in the slaying.

Court documents say he explained the blood to police who pulled him over for speeding by saying he'd just taken his injured dog to a vet. They learned that wasn't true. Vancouver police found a pool of blood and a broken knife blade at Wolter's home.

Fredericksen's sister, Tammi Murphy, says her relative was about to move away.

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Information from: The Columbian, http://www.columbian.com