At­tempted mur­der case for­warded to cir­cuit court

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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.

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