JBLM soldier charged in Kirkland woman’s death

SEATTLE — King County prosecutors have charged a 19-year-old soldier from Joint Base Lewis-McChord with first-degree murder in the Nov. 30 death of a young Kirkland woman.

Dakota Wolf was charged Thursday. Bail has been set at $2 million and he is scheduled for arraignment Dec. 28.

JBLM spokesman Joe Piek says Wolf was booked into the base corrections facility later Nov. 30 for being absent without leave. Kirkland police notified the Army the same day that he was a person of interest in the slaying of Scarlett Paxton, also 19. Kirkland police spokesman Lt. Mike Murray has said the soldier and Paxton did not know each other.

Piek tells The Seattle Times that Wolf had gone AWOL several times in recent months.

Paxton’s boyfriend found her bleeding early Nov. 30 outside their apartment. She suffered a fatal neck wound.

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