ST. LOUIS -- A woman pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges
she was an accomplice in a murder-for-hire plot with St. Louis
Blues forward Mike Danton.
Katie Wolfmeyer entered the plea in federal court in East St.
Louis, Ill. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for July 1, and her
trial was set for July 13.
Danton and Wolfmeyer were indicted April 22 by a federal grand
jury on charges of conspiring to arrange a murder for hire and
using a telephone across state lines in an attempt to do so.
Danton remains jailed in California, where he was arrested April
16, hours after the San Jose Sharks eliminated the Blues from the
NHL playoffs. His attorney has said Danton also will plead
Attorney Bob Haar said he doesn't know when Danton will be
returned to the St. Louis area. Partly for security reasons, the
U.S. Marshal's service does not disclose when a suspect will be
Wolfmeyer, 19, appeared shaken during her arraignment. She gave
only yes-or-no answers to questions from a magistrate. She is free
on $100,000 bond and in custody of her parents.
Wolfmeyer's lawyer told reporters his client has lost two jobs
and a position as a lacrosse coach because of media coverage.
"I urge you to tone it down and let the kid get on with her
life," lawyer Donald Groshong said.
Federal authorities said Danton, with Wolfmeyer's help, tried to
hire a hit man for $10,000 to murder an unidentified acquaintance
at Danton's suburban St. Louis apartment. Federal authorities said
the men argued April 13 over Danton's "promiscuity and use of
alcohol." Danton allegedly feared the acquaintance would talk to
Blues management, potentially damaging Danton's career.
Wolfmeyer was accused of contacting the would-be hit man, who
alerted the FBI.
Danton came to the Blues in a June trade from New Jersey, where
he had been twice suspended for disciplinary reasons.