William Fricke guilty on all charges for 2020 murder, assault, kidnapping in Canandaigua


CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (WROC) — William Fricke was found guilty of murder and more felony charges Friday.

Fricke, a Fairport resident, was accused of killing Julianne Baker and stabbing attorney Dennis Gruttadar in Canandaigua back in January of 2020. Prosecutors said Fricke kidnapped Baker and attempted to kill Gruttadar.

Fricke, was found guilty on all charges, including first degree murder, first degree kidnapping, first degree burglary, first degree attempted murder, and first degree assault.

Baker was killed after being found with multiple stab wounds at a friend’s Canandaigua residence on County Road 16, near Peg Rayburn Drive and Butler Road on January 2, 2020. Gruttadar was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital via Mercy Flight for treatment that day.

Fricke was later taken into custody in Irondequoit, about an hour after the crime. Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson said Fricke was taken to a hospital with injuries that did not occur during the arrest.

Henderson said Fricke and Baker had a longstanding relationship of about 10 years when the crime was committed.

“We try to prosecute what we believe we can prove, and so I don’t think it’s a surprise to us that it came back,” said Ontario County District Attorney Jim Ritts. “There were certainly some things; the kidnapping law is different than what people think it is, so we were a little bit concerned about that, but the jury did their job and they found him guilty.”

Ritts says he expects Fricke will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Fricke is being held on no bail, no release and is scheduled to be sentenced on June 16 at 10 a.m.

The murder trial began on April 14 and jury deliberations began earlier Friday.

Check back with News 8 WROC as we will continue to update this developing story.

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