Fairport man charged with murder in Canandaigua homicide pleads not guilty


ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The man accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death earlier this month returned to court Thursday.

William Fricke, 67 of Fairport, is accused of murdering 58-year-old Julie Baker and assaulting 60-year-old Dennis Gruttadaro.

Fricke pleaded not guilty to a total of 11 counts:

  • two counts of first degree murder
  • first degree kidnapping
  • four counts of first degree burglary
  • two counts of first degree attempted murder
  • two counts of first degree assault

“I think the outpouring support speaks volumes about her, her daughters,” Ontario County District Attorney James Ritts said.

“Obviously, this is something that is drawing a lot of interest and people are paying close attention to it so we want to make sure in a small county like Ontario, that we don’t poison a jury pool.”

Defense Attorney James Nobles said he’s looking forward to contesting against the charges in July.

“I’ve seen a few photographs and been to the crime scene,” Defense Attorney James Nobles said.

“Otherwise we really don’t have any discovery of the police reports. So at this point all we can only do is our own investigation which we’ve been conducting and my client maintains his innocence.”

Ritts also requested an order of protection for the surviving victim and Baker’s three daughter — which the judge granted.

Gruttadaro, who survived the attack, has since been released from the hospital.

The judge did not allow bail for Fricke. He faces up to 20 years to life in prison if convicted.

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