The man police say killed a Toledo woman then killed a potential witness to the crime was in court Wednesday on murder charges.
Rodney Wahl, 39, was in a Lucas County courtroom Wednesday afternoon, where he was charged with murder and aggravated murder. He pleaded guilty to all charges.
Authorities say the East Toledo man killed Jennifer Shively, 26, and weighted her body down in shallow water in an Ottawa County marina last Summer A potential witness to Shively's murder, Ursula Graves, who police say was Wahl's ex-girlfriend, died on Sept. 11, 2009 of what was deemed at the time to be an accidental drug overdose. Police now say Wahl is to blame for Graves' death.
Shively's body was found at Lamberjack's Marina in Oak Harbor in late August 2009. Authorities said her body had been at the location for at least two weeks before being found floating in an isolated part of the waterway. The East Toledo woman's body was identified days after being found. In the days following, Ottawa County Sheriff TMs detective Kevin Meek realized most of Shively TMs ties were in the Toledo-area so the Toledo Police Department was asked to follow the case.
Graves was in court of the day of her death on charges of child endangerment. Later that day, police say they found Graves unconscious inside her home.
Wahl is being held at the Lucas County Jail on $5 million bond. The judge gave him no option for bonding out. The next pre-trial hearing is set for April, while the trial date is scheduled for May 4.