Man pleads guilty to killing woman, 3-year-old boy

June 17, 2022 GMT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man has pleaded guilty in the kidnapping and murder of his 3-year-old child and child’s mother.

Michael Wolfe pleaded guilty Friday in Yamhill County District Court to aggravated murder and second-degree murder in the 2019 murders of Karissa and Billy Fretwell, KOIN-TV reported.

Wolfe has been in jail since his May 2019 arrest in the Fretwells’ deaths and initially pleaded not guilty to numerous charges.

Karissa and Billy Fretwell’s bodies were founded in a remote wooded area about 10 miles (16 kilometers) outside of Yamhill in June 2019. They were reported missing to Salem authorities in mid-May.

Court documents showed Fretwell, 25, and Wolfe had been in a child support battle.

Wolfe’s plea on Friday took the death penalty off the table. His sentencing is scheduled for June 20.