Dad WESTLEY WISE is an unemployed deadbeat with a history of attempted murder, assault, and burglary. And yet we're told that it was "an argument" that lead to the mother's stabbing death. Why not just call it a murder by a man with a long criminal record?
Of course, their 2-year-old daughter is now motherless--after being left with her mother dying in a pool of blood all night. And like a lot of killer daddies, he has to do the Daddy Drama Police Standoff thing too. What a POS.
January 26, 2011
Investigators: Suspect took medications, drank beer after Danville murder
By Francis Scarcella and Robert Stoneback
The Danville News The Daily Item Wed Jan 26, 2011, 12:58 PM EST
DANVILLE — In one of the most horrific homicides in Danville history, a borough man brutally stabbed his girlfriend up to nine times, and let her lay in a pool of blood overnight while their 2-year-old child was in the house, police said.
Westley Wise, 33, who moved to Danville from Berwick six months ago, had an argument with Jessica Frederick, 26, of 508 E. Front St., on Monday, which police say led to the stabbing.
Wise and Frederick had their 2-year-old child living with them. The child was unharmed, police said.
Between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday, Wise and Frederick began arguing over their relationship, which led to Wise grabbing a steak knife and slashing Frederick’s throat, then stabbing her up to six times while she lay on the floor, police said.
Wise then went upstairs, changed his clothes, returned downstairs and fell several times in the pools of blood, court documents said.
On Tuesday, Wise was to be picked up by his father, Barry Wise, and upon arrival Barry Wise found Frederick laying on the kitchen floor and called 911, police said.
Ambulance personnel arrived at the house, saw the body, retreated and waited for police.
According to court documents filed Tuesday night, Montour County Coroner Scott Lynn saw blood spatter on Westley Wise’s clothes and body.
Lynn asked if Wise suffered any injuries and noticed empty medication bottles at the residence, prompting him to ask wise if he had taken any medication. He admitted to taking various medications after the stabbings, police wrote in arrest papers.
Wise was transported to the Emergency Department where he was read his Miranda Warnings by Danville patrolman Chris Plafcan. Wise waived them. Plafcan noticed the dried blood on Wise’s chest while questioning him.
During questioning, Wise admitted to Plafcan and patrolman JD Stanley to cutting Jessica Frederick with a kitchen knife four or five times on the chest and neck. Wise grabbed a serrated steak knife with a black handle from the sink and slashed her between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday, police said.
He again admitted to taking the medications after the stabbings and admitted to drinking beers prior to the stabbings.
Authorities asked Wise “Do you understand your actions caused her death?” He answered “Yes.”
He later reconfirmed his statement with officers Plafcan and Stanley, Arresting Officer Williams Wilt III wrote in court docuemnts.
Wise is charged with criminal homicide and will appear at a preliminary hearing in front of Shrawder at 10 a.m. Feb. 2.
Upon hearing the initial call, District Attorney Robert Buehner dispatched the Montour County Sheriff’s department to East Front Street. Police from Danville, Mahoning Township, Riverside borough and other neighboring townships were also on the scene by 10:30 a.m.
Danville police Chief Eric Gill and Mahoning police Chief Robert Blee spoke to the occupants of the house using a bullhorn. The older Wise came out first and was escorted to a nearby ambulance.
According to Buehner, it was at this point that the elder Wise told officers his son was still in the house and was “not in a position to come out.”
After 20 more minutes of the chiefs communicating with the suspect who was in the 500 block and across from the Danville Elementary School with neighbors and family watching, Wise emerged in the doorway holding the child, according to Buehner.
Police asked Wise to leave the girl in the doorway and come toward them, which he did. Buehner said neither man was violent or threatening.
Westley Wise and his father were taken to the Danville Police Department where they were questioned.
The 2-year-old was placed in an ambulance and was taken to Geisinger Medcical Center as a precautionary measure, Buehner said. She did not appear to be physically injured.
Following the apprehension, Buehner commended authorities at the incident, saying police were “instrumental in defusing the situation,” giving particular thanks to Blee and Gill.
Multiple knives with blood on the blades
Scott Lynn, Montour County coroner, entered the home and observed several knives in the area, which appeared to have blood on the blades. Lynn said Frederick had been dead for at least 12 hours.
Lynn arrived at the police station and spoke with Westley Wise and police reports say Wise began to tell Lynn “I hurt Jessica,” and “I stabbed her.”
Wise admitted to Danville police to cutting Frederick with a kitchen knife four or five times on the chest and neck, police said.
Wise was transported to Geisinger Medical Center for an evaluation, documents said.
Wise, who sat in hospital clothes, was arraigned before District Justice Marvin Shrawder at the Foss Clinic at Geisinger Tuesday night.
“Have you ever been in trouble before?”
As Shrawder read the charges, Wise never raised his head to look at the packed conference room.
Shrawder asked Wise several questions before explaining to him that there would be no bail.
“Have you ever been in trouble before?” Shrawder asked.
“Yes,” Wise responded.
“What were you in trouble for?” Shrawder asked.
“Simple assault,” Wise said. “It was five years ago.”
Wise gave one-word answers most of the time and Shrawder explained to him that once he was released from Geisinger, he would be taken to Montour County Jail.
Wise shook his head up and down as the judge spoke.
Westley Wise’s name was linked to criminal homicide before. Docket files from Columbia County court show he faced a criminal attempted homicide charge in February 2006, and several accompanying charges.
In that case his request for a psychiatric evaluation was granted by Judge Thomas James Jr. The attempted homicide charge was dropped.
He was convicted of simple assault and was sentenced to 30 days to 18 months confinement.
While in jail, Wise was granted a furlough to join his girlfriend at the time, Jennifer Karns, for the birth of their child at Bloomsburg Hospital.
A little more than a month prior to his February arrest, Wise was arrested on burglary charges.
During the arraignment Tuesday, Wise told the judge he had four children ages, 14, 6, 4 and 2.
He also told Shrawder he didn’t work and the nearest relation he had lived in Benton.
Buehner told the crowd gathered during a press conference that while Wise is at Geisinger he will have an armed guard outside his hospital door.
“There will be a deputy here 24 hours a day until he is released,” Buehner said.
“He will be transported directly to jail once doctors release him.”
Buehner couldn’t elaborate on why Wise was admitted, but said EMTs saw something that didn’t look right.
“It is a medical decision on how long he will stay here,” Buehner said.
Buehner also said all items found at the scene are being analyzed at the state police crime lab in Mountoursville.
Danville Elementary School and at least one day care in the area were immediately locked down after being notified of the 911 call. The school resumed normal operations at around 11:30 a.m.