The untimely death of Mark Stover occurred in October of 2009. 10 years after the murder trial of Michael Oakes, where are Linda Opdycke and her boyfriend Michael Oakes now?
In October 2009, Michiel Oakes admitted to the murder of celebrity dog trainer T. Mark Stover. Stover had attempted to shoot him first, so he shot him in self-defense, he claimed.
It’s been revealed that Michiel Oakes shot T. Mark Stover, a well-known dog trainer, before putting his lifeless body into the Swinomish Channel.
Because Oakes was seeing Stover’s ex-ex-husband, wife’s the two men had gotten into an argument. Linda Opdycke, who was Oakes’s longtime girlfriend, had been the target of Stover’s obsessive stalking, according to Oakes. Stover was after the wedding photos that Opdycke supposedly still had, he claimed.
Eddie Vedder, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and Mariners outfielder Ichiro were among Stover’s famous clients. The dog trainer went through a difficult divorce from Opdycke in 2007, after a 16-year relationship.
As a result of his harassment of Opdycke following their divorce, he was charged with stalking in 2008.
During her search for a security dog, Oakes came upon Opdycke, who served as a go-between. After a short period of time, the two started dating.
Today’s obituaries include those for Mark Stover’s friends Linda Opdycke and Michael Oakes.
Linda Opdycke, Mark Stover’s ex-wife, was never indicted for anything after his death. Michiel Oakes, Opdycke’s boyfriend, was found guilty of first-degree murder in 2010 and sentenced to life in prison.
When a jury in Kennewick convicted 42-year-old Michael Oakes of Mark Stover’s murder, they found him guilty of first-degree premeditated murder. Michiel Oakes received the maximum penalty of 26.6 years in prison.
It took a state appeal court four years after Mark Stover’s death to dismiss Teresa Vaux-claim Michel’s against his estate, stating that her petition was filed four years too late.
At the time of Stover’s murder in 2009, Teresa Vaux-Michel had sued his estate for $150,000 after saying she’d never received a check Stover had written to her and left at his house.
In September of that year, a civil lawsuit over the check came to a close. Testimony from close friends and colleagues suggested that Stover worried his ex-wife would murder him and left a check for Vaux-Michel in the event of his demise. A few months before Stover was assassinated, a payment from his bank arrived dated August 2009. He didn’t leave any instructions behind.
Vaux-Michel filed a lawsuit against Stover’s sister in 2011 alleging that she had concealed the cheque.