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December 15, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Soldier charged in fatal stabbing of Kirkland woman

A  soldier from Joint Base Lewis-McChord was charged today in connection with the Nov. 30 slaying of a 19-year-old Kirkland woman.

Dakota M. Wolf, 19, was charged with first-degree murder. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Dec. 28.  Bail has been set at $2 million.

Joe Piek, spokesman for Joint Base Lewis-McChord, said Wolf was booked into the base corrections facility on Nov. 30 for going absent without leave (AWOL). Army officials were notified by Kirkland police the same day that he was also a person of interest in the slaying of Scarlett Paxton.

Wolf was questioned by Kirkland police the same day as the slaying in connection with another unrelated 911 call, Kirkland police Lt. Mike Murray said earlier this week.

Piek said Wolf had gone AWOL several times in recent months and once missed a mandatory unit movement.

“This particular soldier has only been in the Army a little over a year. He has never been overseas,” Piek said.

At about 1 a.m. Nov. 30, Paxton and her boyfriend went for a walk near their Juanita apartment in the 13300 block of 100th Avenue Northeast.  At some point, they split up and Paxton apparently went home.

When the boyfriend returned home, he found Paxton bleeding outside the apartment. She died shortly after medics arrived.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office said Paxton died from “sharp forced injury to her neck.”

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