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Accused officer still in hospital; misses hearing

Nassau Correction Officer Kim Wolfe is escorted out

Nassau Correction Officer Kim Wolfe is escorted out of police headquarters in Mineola to be arraigned on Thursday. (June 17, 2010) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

The Nassau County correction officer charged in the shooting deaths of her ex-girlfriend and uncle last week remains in a secure hospital ward and did not appear at a scheduled hearing in a Mineola courtroom Monday.

Kim Wolfe, 43, a veteran officer at the Nassau jail in East Meadow, has not entered a plea to charges of murder, kidnapping and assault stemming from an hours-long rampage that also left Wolfe's grandfather wounded.

Outside court, Michael DerGarabedian of Rockville Centre, who took over the case from a sheriff's union lawyer on Friday, said he had not yet had a chance to speak with Wolfe, and it was unclear when she will appear.

Wolfe's sister and mother "are very concerned with her well-being, both mentally and physically. Her safety is also an issue because she is a correction officer."

Wolfe was arrested Wednesday morning, hours after police said she shot and killed Stacie Williams, 45, outside Nassau University Medical Center. Wolfe and Williams once had a romantic relationship, police said.

Wolfe then went to her own family's Hempstead home and shot and killed an uncle, Michael Williams Jr., 56, and wounded her grandfather, Marshall Williams, 88, before taking a niece into her car at gunpoint, officials said. Neither is related to Stacie Williams. Wolfe then drove with the 23-year-old hostage to Staten Island before returning to Hempstead, where she eventually surrendered to police.

Williams, a maternity ward nurse's aide and mother of three sons, worked the night shift at NUMC, which is next door to the Nassau jail, where Wolfe worked for two decades.

"There is a weird dynamic unfolding; they're kind of in the eye of the hurricane, the whole family," DerGarabedian said of Wolfe's family. "Half the family is looking for revenge, the other half is looking for compassion and justice."

A Nassau judge ordered Wolfe held without bail at her arraignment Thursday, where she remained in a secure area of the courtroom and out of sight of the audience.

DerGarabedian said Wolfe was initially taken to the Rikers Island jail where officials later requested she be rehoused in another facility. Wolfe, of North Babylon, is in a secure ward for female prisoners in need of psychological care at Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, according to the New York City Department of Correction.

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