Mark Stover death happened October 2009. Where is Linda Opdycke and boyfriend Michael Oakes today 10 years after Michael Oakes murder trial?
Michiel Oakes admitted to killing celebrity dog trainer T. Mark Stover in October of 2009. According to him, shooting Mark Stover was in self-defense after Stover tried to shoot him first.
Michiel Oakes admits he shot celebrity dog trainer T. Mark Stover, wrapped his body in plastic and dropped him into the Swinomish Channel.
The two men had quarrelled because Oakes was dating Stover’s ex-wife. Oakes claimed Stover had been stalking him and his girlfriend, Linda Opdycke, in an obsessive attempt to regain Stover and Linda wedding photos he believed Opdycke still had.
Stover, 57, a renowned dog trainer whose clients included Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and Mariners outfielder Ichiro, went through a difficult divorce from Opdycke in 2007 after a 16-year relationship.
After the divorce, he began harassing Opdycke, leading to a conviction for stalking in 2008.
Oakes first met Opdycke in 2008 when he acted as an intermediary in her efforts to buy a guard dog. A few months later, the two began dating.
Mark Stover death, obituary: Linda Opdycke, Michael Oakes today
Years after Mark Stover death, Stover’s ex-wife, Linda Opdycke, was never charged with a crime. Opdycke’s boyfriend, Michiel Oakes, was convicted in 2010 of first-degree murder.
Oakes, 42, of Kennewick, was found guilty of first-degree premeditated murder for the death of Mark Stover last October. Michiel Oakes was given a 26.6 years sentence, the maximum sentence allowed.
In 2013, four years after Mark Stover death, a claim by his girlfriend Teresa Vaux-Michel against his estate was rejected by a state appeal court, saying she filed her petition too late.
Teresa Vaux-Michel had sued Stover’s estate for $150,000 after never receiving a check which she says Stover wrote to her and left in his home before he was murdered in 2009.
A civil trial over the check ended in September 2012. According to friends and associates who testified, Stover feared his ex-wife would murder him and left Vaux-Michel a check in case anything happened to him. The check was dated August 2009, about two months before Stover was killed. He left no will.
In her 2011 lawsuit, Vaux-Michel accused Stover’s sister of hiding the check.