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A former Indiana correctional facility worker who fatally stabbed two people in an Indianapolis apartment in 2020, and left notes stating she was inspired by serial killers, has taken a plea deal, the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office announced Tuesday.
In exchange for Kristen Wolf's guilty plea for two murder counts, as well as a count each for attempted murder and attempted battery by means of a deadly weapon, she will avoid the death penalty and instead serve 100 years in the Indiana Department of Correction.
During Wolf's May 2020 stabbing spree, Victoria Cook, 24, and Dylan Dickover, 28, were killed, while another woman was seriously injured, according to the prosecutor's office.
“There is no place for this kind of violent and senseless attack in our society,” Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears said in a statement Tuesday. “Pursuant to this agreement, Wolf will spend the rest of her life in prison. We continue to think of the families and all of those affected by the tragedy during this difficult time.”
Before the attack, witnesses said that Wolf, who was dressed in all black, banged on the front door of the Indianapolis apartment where the attack unfolded. She charged at Cook with a hunting knife when the woman opened the door and stabbed her several times before moving on to others in the apartment.
Wolf also waved her knife at someone who came from upstairs to help during the commotion, but did not injure that person. The attacker's hat fell off during the incident and was left behind.
When the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to the May 11, 2020 attack in the apartment on the city's west side, they found three people with stab wounds. Cook was declared dead at the scene, while Dickover and the woman who survived were taken to a local hospital, where Dickover later died from his injuries.
The hat left behind by the attacker had a patch from the Indiana Department of Corrections on it, along with a name tag with Wolf's last name written, the Indianapolis-Marion County Forensics Agency found. This led investigators to discover that the suspect was working at a Madison, Indiana correctional facility.
While searching Wolf's home, authorities found combat-style knives, along with work uniforms that had the same patch as the one found on the crime scene hat. Cleaning products used to scrub a car in Wolf's garage were also found.
NBC affiliate WTHR reports that the attack unfolded as three people were visiting a pair of roommates at their Indianapolis home. Court documents show that the victims told cops that they did not know the woman who showed up at the door and began the stabbing spree, according to the station.
The man who came downstairs after hearing noise told police that after he witnessed the attack, he ran back up and asked a female tenant if she had a weapon he could use to protect them, according to WTHR. Cops showed up to find blood throughout the living room, kitchen and on the walls on the first floor, the station reports.
Shortly after the murders, investigators working on the case said they found writings in Wolf's home in which she pondered what it would be like to kill and also noted that she was inspired by serial killers, Fox-affiliated station WDRB reported at the time.
Wolf is due to be sentenced on Jan. 20.
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