Delay in trial for Montesano murder


The trial of a man charged in the beating death of a 58-year-old woman found in a Montesano-area mobile home in June has been set back about two months.

Eugene V. Elkins Jr., 56, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Kornelia Engelmann. He was arrested in the Yakima Valley shortly after her body was found in a mobile home he owned.

On Monday, Elkins’ trial was moved from Feb. 5 to April 2.

The couple had lived together in a mobile home on Clemons Road in Montesano, where Engelmann was found dead June 6. Elkins is believed to have fled to Yakima in Engelmann’s car after the alleged attack. The car was found nearby when he was arrested.

Autopsy results showed Engelmann died by multiple blunt force injuries to the head and torso with internal bleeding. The manner of death was ruled homicide.

Elkins is held in Grays Harbor County Jail with $500,000 bail.