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March 29, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Trial delayed for man accused of ’83 SeaTac slaying

The trial of a Florida man accused of fatally stabbing a businessman at a motel near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in 1983 has been postponed until Oct. 8.

John Wayne Folds’ trial for second-degree murder trial was  scheduled to begin today in King County Superior Court. Folds, 47, who is in the King County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail, pleaded not guilty in February 2011.

Folds is accused of killing Frank Kouny, a 36-year-old San Francisco man who was visiting Seattle on business. Folds was arrested in December 2010 after he was linked to the slaying through DNA, according to prosecutors.

Folds was 19 when authorities say he went to a Motel 6 with Kouny, an interior designer he had just met on a flight from San Francisco to Seattle. People on the overnight flight said they saw Kouny socializing with several men on the plane before heading to a car-rental counter with a young man, according to charging documents.

Kouny was alone when he checked into the Motel 6, 18900 47th Ave. South, at 3:45 a.m. Feb. 15, 1983. Six hours later a housekeeper found his body on the floor of his room, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation went cold until Nov. 10, 2010, when detectives received a call from the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab saying it had matched Folds’ DNA to that found on Kouny and on cigarette butts in the motel room. Folds’ DNA was listed in a national criminal database because of a 2002 burglary conviction in Florida.

Folds was extradited from Florida to Seattle.

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