A trial date has been set for the suspect accused of strangling his live-in girlfriend, then posting images and comments on the crime on the Internet.
According to the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office, Aug. 3 is the trial date set for David Michael Kalac, 33. Kalac was charged with the Nov. 4 first-degree murder of 30-year-old Amber Lynn Coplin.
A status hearing is slated for 9 a.m. April 6 in Kitsap County Superior Court.
According to court documents, Kitsap County prosecutors will not seek the death penalty against Kalac, who pleaded not guilty to the murder
Deputy Prosecutor Robert Davy reported the decision came after investigators checked records from Virginia, where Kalac and Coplin once lived. His decision was filed Jan. 16 in Kitsap County Superior Court.
In earlier charges, prosecutors included an aggravator on the charge against Kalac for posting photos of Coplin and the crime scene on the Internet. He also posted several comments about the crime on an Internet chat room.
Defense attorney Ron Ness, who is qualified to defend persons facing the death penalty charges, was released from the Kalac case during the Jan. 16 hearing. He was assigned to the case in December.
Kalac, a convicted felon, had been living with the victim at an apartment home in the 4000 block of Madrona Drive SE.
Court documents stated that Coplin was found lying nude in her bed by her 13-year-old son, who later called his father. His father came over and found Coplin unresponsive and called 911. South Kitsap Fire and Rescue emergency personnel responded and confirmed the woman was deceased. She was found bleeding from her mouth and nose.
Kalac has a history of assault and harassment, and was convicted of domestic violence against another female in April, according to court records.
Kalac was taken into custody around Nov. 5 by officers from the Wilsonville Police Department in Clackamas County, Ore.
Wilsonville is 20 miles south of Portland.
Prosecutors are awaiting results from DNA test and an analysis of Kalac’s cellphone by the FBI’s crime lab in Virginia.