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April 4, 2014

Hearing set in slaying of Wolfe sisters

PITTSBURGH — A city man charged with robbing and killing his next-door neighbors — two sisters formerly of Clinton — was scheduled for a preliminary hearing today to determine whether prosecutors have enough evidence to bring him to trial.

Police have yet to detail a motive for the killings of Susan and Sarah Wolfe, who were found dead Feb. 7 after they didn’t show up for work.

Allen Darell Wade, 43, surrendered last month on charges including criminal homicide based largely on surveillance video which showed him using the women’s bank cards just hours after they were known to have been alive.

Wade has said he’s being framed. His attorney, Blaine Jones, didn’t return calls for comment Thursday.

The Wolfe family has a law office in Clinton and both sisters graduated from high school in Clinton. Their sister also is Democratic state Rep. Mary Wolfe.

Sarah Wolfe, 38, was a psychiatrist for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. Susan Wolfe, 44, was a teacher’s aide at Hillel Academy in the city’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood.

Before he surrendered, Wade posted a Facebook message saying, “I would like for the world to know I am 100 percent innocent I would never ever in any way Hurt a person so brutally it is not in my nature I have always respected women and will always continue to do so I am being framed to take the fall for this case and hopefully justice will prevail !”

A criminal complaint suggests Wade attacked Susan Wolfe when she was home alone, based on surveillance video from a transit bus Susan Wolfe rode home, other video from Sarah Wolfe’s employer and home alarm records that enabled detectives to reconstruct some of the sisters’ movements the night before they were found dead.

Police said the sisters’ identification cards, credit and bank cards, keys and cellphones were missing.

Wade remained jailed without bond awaiting this morning’s hearing before a city court magistrate. Under Pennsylvania law, he cannot be released on bond because he’s charged with homicide.

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