Suspect to face murder charges for stabbing death

Sunday Times Newspapers

TAYLOR — A preliminary exam of evidence presented in 23rd District Court Monday confirmed felony murder charges against a paroled stalker in the stabbing death of a former girlfriend.

Evidence against Eric John Frederickson, 31, was presented before Judge Anthony Nicita, who bound Frederickson over to circuit court where he is expected to be charged this week with premeditated first-degree murder and felony murder, both of which carry a potential life sentence.

Frederickson had turned himself in to Taylor police within hours of the death of Summer Faulkner, 22, late July 20 in her apartment in the 23000 block of Rosewood. Police Chief Mary Sclabassi said Frederickson allegedly entered Faulkner’s apartment about 10:30 p.m. and stabbed her in the head and neck. A medical examiner reportedly confirmed that the cause of death was a severed jugular vein.

Faulkner, a former girlfriend of Frederickson’s, recently had moved to the complex. Her sister, Samantha Faulkner, was at the apartment and testified during Monday’s preliminary examination.

Frederickson was charged on July 22, at which time he stood mute and pleas of not guilty were entered on his behalf. Frederickson’s court-appointed attorney Sanford Schulman did not respond to requests for comment.

Bond was denied for Frederickson, currently on parole after he pleaded guilty in 2009 to aggravated stalking. Frederickson also faces habitual offender charges, and was ordered to have no contact with Samantha Faulkner, a stipulation regardless of bond being allowed. Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Maria Miller said the conditions are put in place even if the defendant can’t make bond.

Frederickson is scheduled to be arraigned on information Monday before Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Timothy M. Kenny.

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