Man found guilty in drunken-driving death of Manchester woman

July 21, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A 62-year-old Hampstead man with no criminal record was found guilty yesterday in Carroll County Circuit Court in the drunken-driving death of a 20-year-old Manchester woman in November.

Under a plea agreement, George Albert Fredericks III of the 4600 block of Marksman Court is to receive no more than a year at the Carroll County Detention Center on his conviction for homicide by motor vehicle while intoxicated. The maximum penalty is five years in prison.

Fredericks entered a not-guilty plea but did not contest the prosecution's statement of the facts in the case. Sentencing was scheduled Sept. 22 by Judge Raymond E. Beck, who ordered a presentence investigation.

Catherine Anne Mullikin of the 3600 block Lineboro Road died after Fredericks' car struck a 1987 Chevrolet Geo Spectrum driven by her friend at 11: 50 p.m. Nov. 27, said Assistant State's Attorney David P. Daggett.

Fredericks' 1989 Oldsmobile Delta 88 was eastbound on Route 482 at Old Manchester Road when it crossed into the westbound lane and struck the Chevrolet, the prosecutor said. Daggett said that if the case had gone to trial, a witness would have testified that Fredericks, who had a minor injury to his forehead, wanted his car phone and repeatedly asked for his glasses until shown that they were broken.

Maryland state troopers would have testified that Fredericks failed field sobriety tests, and his blood-alcohol level was 0.19, above Maryland's 0.10 limit, Daggett said. Fredericks told emergency crew members that he had three bourbon drinks at Cockey's Tavern in Westminster.

More than a dozen of Mullikin's relatives and friends attended the court session and conferred with the prosecutor before the plea bargain. Her parents declined to comment until after sentencing.

The judge had received numerous letters in the case and promised to read them all. "I don't know when I've had so many letters," Beck commented.

Defense attorney Robert Parker delivered to the judge a letter Fredericks wrote to Mullikin's family. He said Fredericks has entered an outpatient alcoholism program and is being treated for sleep disorder, anxiety and depression.

It was his first time in court, Fredericks said.

Daggett said Mullikin had picked up her friend at work from Record & Tape Traders in Westminster. The friend was driving to the Mullikin home, where she also lived, when Fredericks' car crossed the center line.

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