Trial again delayed in threat, stalking case

Kathy A. Hendrickson is accused of crimes allegedly committed in 2008.

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WALLA WALLA -- A new trial date has been set for a College Place woman accused of sending emails threatening to kill local judges in 2008, as well as stalking her former boyfriend and stealing his identity.

Kathy A. Hendrickson, 49, of 1200 S.E. Broadway Ave., Apt. E, had been scheduled for trial starting Aug. 8 in Walla Walla County Superior Court. But the proceedings are being delayed until Oct. 11-14.

The trial has been postponed several times.

Hendrickson has pleaded innocent to three counts of cyberstalking; two counts each of threatening to bomb or injure property, harassment and intimidating a public servant; and one count each of stalking and second-degree identity theft -- domestic violence crimes.

Officials said she used an assumed name and sent a message to College Place Municipal Court Judge Richard Wernette on July 31, 2008, threatening his life through a bombing. Then on Aug. 14 of that year, she allegedly sent a similar message to county Superior Court Judge John Lohrmann, who was running for election to the post at the time.

Charges relating to alleged crimes against Hendrickson's former boyfriend, Gregory J. Riordan, date to 2005 after he reportedly tried to break off the relationship. Riordan -- who lived in Irrigon, Ore., at the time, but since has moved out of state -- reported that someone had been using his computer address to send threatening emails to various people he knows.

Also, in 2007, Riordan's retirement check was redirected to an address in New York, someone arranged for the power to be turned off at his home, and one of his online charge accounts was accessed and numerous orders sent out -- all without his authorization, officials said.

Hendrickson also had faced charges relating to an alleged email threat against state Supreme Court Justice Debra Stephens, but those are being dropped.

Hendrickson is not being jailed pending the outcome of the case.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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