A South Lyon man, 31-year-old Eric John Frederickson, has been charged with first-degree murder in the murder of his ex-girlfriend. 22-year-old Summer Faulkner allegedly died after being stabbed by Frederickson on Friday July 19.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged Frederickson with the murder, alleging that he entered the victim’s Rosewood Avenue apartment on Friday evening and stabbed her in the areas of the head and neck. According to a news report at 7 Action News, the young woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police stated that the victim’s sister called 911 following the incident. Frederickson was in custody of the Taylor Police Department as of July 20; he had turned himself in to the Fenton Police Department.
Frederickson was arraigned via video on Monday, charged with first-degree murder and felony murder. He is being treated as a second-time offender as he was on probation at the time of the murder for aggravated stalking in a 2009 case, information gathered from Michigan’s Offender Tracking Information System.
Murder is the most serious charge an individual may face. Michigan murder defense lawyers know that without an experienced and capable attorney, defendants face extremely serious consequences including life in prison. However, even in the case of the most violent or heinous crimes, individuals are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt under the law.
Being charged with a crime does not necessarily mean that an individual will ‘do the time.’ Mistakes are frequently made in the legal process, either by police, prosecutors, or even judges. In certain situations a charge may be dismissed; a knowledgeable Michigan criminal defense attorney may find that filing an appeal of the conviction or sentence is desirable in your case.
Regardless of the situation, it is critical that you discuss the options with a qualified defense attorney who will work to obtain the best possible outcome.