Sudlersville man charged with at­tempted mur­der

Record Observer - - News - By AN­GELA PRICE bay­times@kibay­times.com

SUDLERSVILLE — A Sudlersville man faces charges of at­tempted mur­der in a do­mes­tic-re­lated in­ci­dent af­ter deputies re­sponded early Sun­day, Sept. 17, to a “check wel­fare” call in the vicin­ity of 124 West Main St.

As they ar­rived about 12:27 a.m., deputies from the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice were flagged down by a woman with ob­vi­ous phys­i­cal in­juries, po­lice said. The woman, who is from Wilm­ing­ton, Del., told deputies she had been as­saulted by the man liv­ing at that address. Deputies later iden­ti­fied the man as Craig Sudler Wil­lis, 46.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve the woman, whose iden­tity is not be­ing re­leased due to the na­ture of the case, suf­fered re­peated phys­i­cal as­sault for al­most two hours be­fore be­ing able to leave the home and call 911, Lt. Mark Meil said.

Dur­ing the as­sault, Wil­lis al­legedly threat­ened the vic­tim with a shot­gun, which he fired at or near the woman in the house, Meil said. She was not hit by the shot, he added.

The woman was treated at the scene by Queen Anne’s County Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vices and taken by am­bu­lance to Univer­sity of Mar yland Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Ch­ester­town for treat­ment of her in­juries, which Meil de­scribed as “se­ri­ous, but not life-threat­en­ing.” He said she was ex­pected to be re­leased from the hospi­tal Sun­day af­ter­noon.

The woman’s ve­hi­cle also was dam­aged some­time dur­ing the in­ci­dent, win­dows smashed and body dam­aged, po­lice said.

While deputies were con­duct­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Wil­lis at­tempted to leave his home but was ap­pre­hended shortly and ar­rested with­out in­ci­dent, po­lice said.

Wil­lis was charged with first­de­gree at­tempted mur­der, sec­ond­de­gree at­tempted mur­der, first­de­gree as­sault, sec­ond-de­gree as­sault, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment, false im­pris­on­ment, use of a firearm in the com­mis­sion of a felony, pos­ses­sion of a firearm by a pro­hib­ited per­son, ma­li­cious de­struc­tion of prop­erty over $1,000, and ma­li­cious de­struc­tion of prop­erty un­der $1,000.

De­tec­tive Steven Matthews is the lead in­ves­ti­ga­tor. He ob­tained a war­rant, and he, Meil and 1st. Sgt. Sonny Jones went back to the home to gather ev­i­dence and process the crime scene about 10 a.m. Sun­day.

They seized the shot­gun and other ev­i­dence, Meil said.

Wil­lis was pro­cessed at the sher­iff’s of­fice, then taken be­fore a District Court com­mis­sioner, who or­der him held pend­ing hear­ing. Wil­lis is in­car­cer­ated at the Queen Anne’s County De­ten­tion Cen­ter. His pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing has been set for Oct. 13.

Court records don’t show any prior con­vic­tions for do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, but they do show pro­tec­tive or­ders filed against Wil­lis in 2008 and 2014.

SHER­IFF’S OF­FICE PHOTO

A Sudlersville man has been charged with at­tempted mur­der af­ter po­lice re­spond to a do­mes­tic-re­lated in­ci­dent on West Main Street early Sun­day, Sept. 17.

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