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February 23, 2011

Westley Wise held for trial in stabbing death of Jessica Frederick

DANVILLE – After slashing his girlfriend 20 times with a steak knife, Westley Wise fell in her blood numerous times while smoking cigarettes, a police officer testified.

“He knew he killed her. She was screaming for help,” Danville Patrolman J.D. Stanley testified Wednesday afternoon at the homicide preliminary hearing for Wise, 33.

“He said he didn’t call 911 because he didn’t want to get into trouble,” Stanley said.

Stanley read the statements made to him by Wise while the defendant was being examined in Geisinger Medical Center. He had taken anti-depressants and sedatives.

Following the one-hour hearing, Montour County District Judge Marvin Shrawder sent the case to court. Wise was returned to the county jail without bail on an open count of criminal homicide in the death of Jessica Frederick, 26, Jan. 24 at their home at 508 E. Front St.

No decisions

Following the hearing, County District Attorney Robert Buehner Jr. said he hasn’t decided if he would seek the death penalty in the case.

“I don’t have to decide until the formal arraignment,” he said. The arraignment could be March 10 and most likely in April, Buehner said.

Regarding the possibility of an insanity defense, public defender Michael Dennehy said it “was way too early” to decide that.

“We need to find out the facts before we decide,” he said. “We’re still finding out the facts.”

During the hearing, Stanley said Wise told him and Danville Patrolman Chris Plafcan he got into an argument with Frederick and admitted cutting her with a kitchen knife for no reason.

“He said they broke up a week ago and both had started pushing,” Stanley said. Wise told the officers he took a knife from the kitchen sink and slashed her in the throat first and then slashed her body while she was lying on the floor. Wise told them he drank seven 12-ounce cans of Miller Lite beer before the altercation, Stanley said.

Stanley said Wise told them the knife he used was serrated with a black handle and he stabbed her while their 21-month-old daughter Addison was upstairs.

Stanley read from the notes he took and said he asked Wise twice if they were his answers and he said they were.

Wise, represented by public defenders Dennehy and Laurie Pickle, called no witnesses.

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