Agent Frost appears target in Danton's alleged plot

Agent denies murder link, says that helping jailed Blues player `is our goal'

Hockey

April 20, 2004|By ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

ST. LOUIS - Sports agent Dave Frost appears to have been the target of what authorities have described as a murder plot by St. Louis Blues forward Mike Danton, a protege and client.

The identity of the target has been a mystery since Danton was arrested on Friday.

However, law enforcement sources told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch yesterday that the FBI found Frost at the player's apartment in Brentwood about midnight Thursday. That was minutes after Danton's accused teenage accomplice and a man she believed to be a hired killer had arrived there. That man had reported the alleged plot and was secretly working with the FBI.

The FBI brought the sports agent to the Brentwood police station, which is nearby, to talk with him along with the accused accomplice, 19-year-old Katie Koester Wolfmeyer, and the informer. Another law enforcement source who spoke on the condition of anonymity confirmed that Frost was that sports agent.

Frost has denied that he was a target of a murder plot.

"The lawyers are the ones who will have to comment about the specifics of that night," Frost told the Post-Dispatch.

"Once the whole thing shakes down, everyone will understand exactly all of the circumstances of what happened," he said. "When the smoke clears, everyone will know what Mike was thinking and what really happened. I can tell you that the moment he arrives in St. Louis is the moment a psychologist arrives to help him. We [can] help him, and that is our goal."

Said Frost's lawyer, Michael Edelson: "There is a story behind the story which will be told eventually. Other than that, I have no comment."

A possible motive for killing Frost was not immediately clear. Court documents said Danton and his intended target had argued earlier in the week about issues of drinking and promiscuity and Danton had begged him not to tell the Blues.

Authorities later recorded a sobbing Danton telling the target in a phone call that he "felt backed into a corner and also felt the acquaintance was going to leave him," the complaint against Danton said. So Danton "decided to have him murdered."

Danton's father, Stephen Jefferson, called Frost a "monster" and blamed him for his dwindling relationship with his son.

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