Suspect Pleads Guilty to 2011 Murder

Sentencing scheduled for later this month


Suspect Dakota M. Wolf has accepted a plea arrangement from the King County Prosecutor’s Office for the Death of Scarlett Paxton.  On November 30th, 2011, Paxton’s body was discovered on the steps leading to her apartment in Juanita.  Through investigation, KPD Detectives were able to place Wolf at the scene of the Murder and were able to later charge him with First Degree Murder.  At the time of the Murder, Wolf was an active duty, but currently AWOL, member of the US Army and stationed out of Joint Base Lewis/McChord.  He has since been dishonorably discharged from the military and has been in custody since his discharge.  Detectives were never able to find a strong link between Paxton and Wolf.   


Wolf has pled guilty to Murder in the Second Degree with a Deadly Weapon Enhancement because of the knife he used during the attack on Paxton.  The sentencing range for these offenses carries a maximum range of 20 years in Prison.  It is expected that the Prosecutor’s Office will be asking for the maximum range in sentencing.  Formal sentencing of Wolf will be in the afternoon of April 25th, 2014 in King County Superior Court.