Agent: Danton doesn't understand predicament

Updated: April 20, 2004, 7:55 AM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Blues forward Mike Danton is in dire need of psychological counseling as he remains jailed on an alleged murder-for-hire plot, the player's agent said Monday.

Mike Danton
Danton

"Mike is scared," agent Dave Frost said in a telephone interview. "He's still in a state where he doesn't actually understand what's happened. He's in desperate, desperate need of counseling, immediately. We're doing what we can to keep his mind-set as strong as we possibly can."

He's still in a state where he doesn't actually understand what's happened. He's in desperate, desperate need of counseling, immediately.
Agent Dave Frost

Danton was arrested Friday, a day after the San Jose Sharks beat the Blues 3-1 to eliminate St. Louis from the Stanley Cup playoffs. He remains jailed in California pending extradition to the St. Louis area. A spokeswoman in the U.S. Attorney's office in East St. Louis, Ill., said a time and date for Danton's initial court appearance has not been set.

Meanwhile, an initial appearance was scheduled Monday for Katie Wolfmeyer, the 19-year-old suburban St. Louis woman accused of helping to set up the hit.

Federal authorities on Friday charged Danton and Wolfmeyer with conspiracy and using a telephone across state lines to set up a murder.

A criminal complaint filed by the FBI alleged that Danton tried to hire a hit man for $10,000 to murder an acquaintance at the apartment the men shared. The complaint alleged the men argued Tuesday over Danton's "promiscuity and use of alcohol." Danton feared the acquaintance would talk to Blues management and ruin Danton's career, the complaint says.

A time and date for Danton's initial court appearance has not been set. Meanwhile, an initial appearance was scheduled Monday for Katie Wolfmeyer, the 19-year-old suburban St. Louis woman accused of helping to set up the hit.

Wolfmeyer's uncle said the family was unaware of a relationship between Wolfmeyer and Danton.

"She's an all-American type of girl," John Wolfmeyer said. "Everyone's in her corner. Nobody is sleeping or eating. This is just tearing the family apart."

St. Louis acquired Danton in June from the New Jersey Devils, where he had been twice suspended for disciplinary reasons. He sat out all of the 2001-02 season and played in just 17 games in 2002-03.

This season, Danton had seven goals, 12 points and 141 penalty minutes -- tied for most on the team.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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