Arundel teen is denied bail in man's killing

CRIME WATCH

March 04, 2006|By ANNIE LINSKEY | ANNIE LINSKEY,SUN REPORTER

The 17-year-old Millersville boy accused of killing his mother's boyfriend and setting the body on fire was ordered held without bail at a hearing yesterday in Anne Arundel County District Court.

Matthew Joseph Haarhoff, 17, of Millersville was arrested at a Salisbury hotel Thursday afternoon and charged with first-degree murder, police said. He is being held in the county detention center.

Haarhoff's mother, Cynthia Jean McKay, 49, is also being held without bond in the same detention center on charges relating to the killing. She was charged with being an accessory after the fact for allegedly helping to clean bloodstains from her house, police said.

The charges came after the body of Anthony Frank Fertitta, 50, of Baltimore was found burning on the side of the road near McKay's house in Millersville on Feb. 22. Police say he was stabbed or shot - or both - in McKay's house in the 200 block of Nathan Way before his body was dumped and set ablaze.

Members of Fertitta's family wore black and attended yesterday's hearing. One woman, who declined to give her full name, said afterward: "It's the worst tragedy that could happen to anyone."

At the hearing, Stephen Freedman, who had said he was representing McKay but is now representing her son, said "the allegations have been shocking" and asked for bail to be reduced to $150,000.

Freedman said afterward that his client "maintains his innocence," adding that he would seek a jury trial.

Haarhoff has lived in Maryland his entire life, has a 10th-grade education, no criminal convictions and no pending cases, according to testimony given by pre-trial services.

annie.linskey@baltsun.com

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