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Phillip faces court hearing Sept. 6 for murder of Kent city employee Seth Frankel

William L. Phillip Jr. enters a not guilty plea March 21 in Kent to a first-degree murder charge in connection with the death of Seth Frankel. - CHARLES CORTES, Kent Reporter
William L. Phillip Jr. enters a not guilty plea March 21 in Kent to a first-degree murder charge in connection with the death of Seth Frankel.
— image credit: CHARLES CORTES, Kent Reporter

A trial date has yet to be set for William L. Phillip Jr., the Oregon man charged with first-degree murder in the May 2010 stabbing death of Seth Frankel, a Kent city employee.

Phillip, 30, of Portland, is scheduled to return to court Sept. 6 for a hearing, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. A trial date could be set at the hearing or the case could be continued until a later date.

Phillip remains in custody at the county jail at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent with bail set at $1 million. He pleaded not guilty March 21 to a first-degree murder charge.

Frankel, 41, was killed May 21, 2010 in his Auburn home. He was a video-program coordinator for the city of Kent.

Prosecutors allege that Phillip, a former boyfriend of the woman Frankel dated, drove to Auburn to kill Frankel because he was angry that someone else was dating the woman. Detectives connected Phillip to the murder through a blood-stained towel found at Frankel’s house as well as cell-phone records that put Phillip near the home the night of Frankel's death.

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