Sitting in the same courtroom as the man who is accused of murdering her teenage daughter cut deeply into Toledo Woolfork.

The experience was so overwhelming, she could only take moments of it. Then she got up and left the Provo courtroom."It has been growing inside me since I knew I would be coming to Provo," the Salt Lake woman said. "I guess I was having an anxiety attack."

Michael Jay Patterson is accused of killing his girlfriend, Stephanie Ann Woolfork, 18, and placing her body at Thistle in Spanish Fork Canyon. He appeared for the first time in 4th District Court on a charge of murder, a first-degree felony.

Patterson smiled and waved to his mother, who was sitting on the opposite side of the courtroom from Woolfork and her daughter, LaToya Woolfork, 22.

Judge Guy Burningham scheduled a waiver hearing Jan. 2 and set bail at $100,000.

Patterson has been a prisoner in Salt Lake City since July, when he was charged with attempted murder in the July 25 shooting of Alexis Star Caldwell, Stephanie Woolfork's roommate in Salt Lake City.

Woolfork's decomposed body was discovered Aug. 24. Utah County investigator Jerry Monson believes she was killed in an apartment in American Fork just before the Caldwell shooting in Salt Lake City.

Toledo Woolfork called Utah County "the mouse that roared," because of its efforts to investigate the death. She said from dispatchers to detectives, they have worked well in communicating with the family.

"They even attended my daughter's funeral Sept. 4," she said. "I think they saw the pain in my heart. They heard me; they heard me."