Attempted murder case forwarded to circuit court
CENTREVILLE — At a preliminary hearing in Queen Anne’s County District Court Jan. 26, Judge Frank M. Kratovil Jr. found probable cause to forward the case of William Scott Tulowitzky to Circuit Court on charges of attempted first- and seconddegree murder and first-degree assault.
Tulowitzky, 21, of Queenstown is accused in the Dec. 26 stabbing of Joseph Lanfranchi, 30, of Chester. Lanfranchi sustained four stab wounds, three to the chest and one to the head. The investigation began when Lanfranchi was anonymously dropped off at the Queen Anne’s Emergency Center in Grasonville and later flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore where he received further treatment before being released.
A witness stated Lanfranchi approached the passenger side window of yellow Volkswagon Beetle parked along Little Creek Road in Chester. This same witness said Lanfranchi was pulled into the car and stabbed before the vehicle fled the scene. Witnesses identified three people occupying that vehicle. Additionally, shortly after the incident, the same Volkswagen Beetle was pulled over for an unrelated traffic violation near the scene of the incident by the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office. Officers were able to identify Emily Hert as the Volkswagen’s driver, and Tulowitzky was identified as the front seat passenger, police said. The investigation into this matter is ongoing.
Tulowitzky was represented by Holland Brownley, from Lawyer By the Bay in Stevensville, as a panel attorney offered by the Office of the Public Defender. Deputy State’s Attorney Christine Dulla Rickard represented the State; Rickard has 30 days to file these charges in the Circuit Court.
Tulowitzky also faces charges of possession of controlled dangerous substance, failing to obey a lawful order, possession of drug paraphernalia, obstruction of justice, resisting arrest, two counts of possession of contraband, and altering physical evidence. He requested and was granted a jury trial.
Lanfranchi, who has provided little cooperation to the investigation, was questioned in relation to the event by investigating officers with the Maryland State Police. Subsequent to his release from the hospital, Lanfranchi was charged with thirdand fourth-degree burglary. He was released on $25,000 bail. The alleged offenses occurred on Jan. 4. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 2. He is represented by Robin K. Henley of Centreville as a panel attorney offered by the Office of the Public Defender.