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Man accused of killing ex-girlfriend facing more charges

WHECTV
Updated: January 23, 2020 05:38 PM
Created: January 23, 2020 12:02 PM

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Fairport man accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death and injuring another man is facing new charges.

According to court documents, William Fricke, 67, kidnapped Julianne "Julie" Baker, 57, of Pittsford on Jan. 2 at a home on West Lake Road in Canandaigua. During the kidnapping, Fricke allegedly tried to steal items from her home.

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Fricke also allegedly attempted to kill Dennis Gruttadaro, 62, of Rochester. Gruttadaro was stabbed during the attack but survived.

Investigators say Fricke fled the scene and his car was found abandoned in a ditch along Monroe Wayne County Line Road. He was eventually taken into custody at a house in Irondequoit.

In Ontario County Court on Thursday, Fricke pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree attempted murder, four counts of first-degree burglary, and two counts of first-degree assault, and one count of first-degree kidnapping.

Fricke's attorney, James Nobels, argued that though his client and Baker dated in the past, there was no history of domestic violence.

The prosecution argued that this is a clear case of domestic violence, but wouldn't say whether or not there were previous allegations of violence.

"That's something I think we'll develop through the trial I don't know that it's appropriate to talk about it at this point, certainly Mr. Fricke is entitled to the presumption of innocence," Ontario County District Attorney Jim Ritts said.

"In the investigation that we've done, and I believe in the police investigation as well, there is no history of any battery or abuse or violence here and from people that I've spoken to who've been in previous relationship with my client there was none of that either," Nobels said.

Fricke is being held in the Ontario County Jail without bail.

His trial is expected to begin in July.


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