Bail has been denied for Kim Wolfe, the Long Island, New York correction officer accused of killing her ex-girlfriend and uncle in a Wednesday shooting rampage. The 43-year-old Wolfe did not enter a plea and was shielded from public view, reports the AP.
During the arraignment, which took less than three minutes, Wolfe was kept in a holding pen covered with frosted glass rather than being brought into the well of the courtroom where spectators could see her. The courtroom was ringed with more than a dozen court officers, including some who stood down the center aisle separating the families of the victims and Wolfe's relatives. The only time Wolfe could be heard was when she answered "yes sir" to the judge's question of whether she understood the orders instructing her to have no contact with the victims' relatives.
Police say Wolfe was trying to reconcile with her ex-girlfriend Stacie Williams and snapped, confronting and shooting the nurse's aide outside the hospital where she worked. Authorities say Wolfe then went to the nearby Hempstead home of her relatives', where she killed her uncle, wounded her 88-year-old grandfather and took a 23-year-old niece hostage after an argument over life insurance.
Wolfe was a 19-year veteran of the Nassau County Correction Department. A spokesman for the Nassau County Court said Wolfe was kept behind the glass for "security reasons." The victim's family is furious and says Wolfe is getting special treatment.
Twenty-six-year-old Barry King, one of Stacie Williams' three children, was enraged that Wolfe was shielded. "She should've had to face the kids of the victim she killed. She faced my mother when she killed her," King told the Daily News.
King's brother was struck by a car as he ran across Hempstead Turnpike in a desperate dash to reach his dying mother's side. Barry King speaks out about his mother's death, the accused killer and the case so far, watch it AFTER THE JUMP ...