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Phillip's court hearing continued again for murder of Kent city employee Seth Frankel

Seth Frankel worked as a city of Kent video-program coordinator until he was murdered in May 2010 in Auburn. - CHARLES CORTES, Kent Reporter file photo
Seth Frankel worked as a city of Kent video-program coordinator until he was murdered in May 2010 in Auburn.
— image credit: CHARLES CORTES, Kent Reporter file photo

A court hearing has been continued to Oct. 4 to determine a possible trial date for the Oregon man charged with the first-degree murder in May 2010 of Seth Frankel, a Kent city employee.

William L. Phillip Jr., 30, of Portland, is scheduled to return to court Oct. 4, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. A trial date could be set at the hearing or the case could be continued again until a later date if attorneys want more time to prepare the case. Phillip had a hearing on Sept. 6.

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 stabbed to death 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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