Harford judge denies bail in murder case

August 12, 2008|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Sun Reporter

A Harford County judge denied bail yesterday to a 36-year-old Pylesville man charged with first-degree murder.

Kevin J. Sorrick is accused in the fatal shooting Sunday of Christopher Lee Fritsche, 34, of Havre de Grace. Fritsche died of a single gunshot wound to the head while attending a birthday party for his young daughter at Sorrick's home, authorities said.

According to charging documents, the two men argued throughout the evening at the Harkins Road home that Sorrick shares with Fritsche's ex-wife, Yvonne Fritsche, 28. The arguing grew more intense as the party began to wind down with Fritsche, who was unarmed, yelling threats at Sorrick, police said.

Sorrick went to his bedroom and loaded a rifle he kept there, authorities said. Sorrick then returned to the kitchen and fired one shot, striking Fritsche in the head.

Harford County sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call about 9 p.m. Fritsche was pronounced dead at the scene less than 20 minutes after police and paramedics from the Norrisville Volunteer Fire Co. arrived. Police said alcohol was involved in the incident.

Deputies arrested Sorrick, and charged him with first- and second-degree murder. He is being held at the Harford County Detention Center without bail. Sorrick has three previous convictions for theft, possession, breaking and entering, authorities said.

Brian Cunningham, the public defender, asked for bail, saying Sorrick "has no history of violence" and is helping to raise the Fritsches' two young children.

But prosecutor Douglas Dolan said Sorrick's admission to shooting an unarmed man in the head shows he "is an extreme danger to the community."

mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com

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