Suspect, victim identified in Warren homicide

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published December 3, 2021

 Erick Edward Fry

Erick Edward Fry

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WARREN — On the Sunday after Thanksgiving, Warren police responded to a home in the 13000 block of Julius Avenue for a welfare check.

Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer said officers had been to the home near Toepfer and Schoenherr roads before. But this time, he said they couldn’t make contact with Amanda Harvey, or her longtime boyfriend, Erick Edward Fry.

Police were reportedly sent back the next day, this time, after Fry allegedly told a 911 operator that he “killed a woman” inside of the home.

Harvey, 34, was found dead by responding officers. Fry, 34, was arrested at the scene. He’s now in custody, held without the possibility of bail on a first-degree murder charge.

“They had lived together for several years, though we do know that he’s got a serious substance abuse problem,” Dwyer said.

According to 37th District Court records, Fry was arraigned Oct. 8 on a domestic violence charge by a visiting judge and released on a $500 personal bond. He appeared in court for a scheduled pretrial hearing on Nov. 16, but the case was adjourned because Fry, who is deaf, needed an American Sign Language interpreter present.

Fry was due back in court for the rescheduled hearing on Nov. 30, the day he was arraigned on the first-degree murder charge.

Dwyer said it appeared that Harvey was struck multiple times in the head with a hammer.

He said officers sent to the house for the welfare check knocked on the door and got no response.

“They checked it out. Obviously, it was locked up. We didn’t have enough information to force our way in. We didn’t have probable cause to do that,” Dwyer said. “It was very vague, as far as the information that was given.”

In a statement about Fry’s arrest, Dwyer added, “This entire incident is tragically regrettable. I am appreciative of the hard work of the men and women of this police department and the fact this dangerous individual is in custody and no longer posing a threat to the citizens of Warren.”

Fry reportedly had an ASL interpreter present at his arraignment on the murder charge and the records show he requested a court-appointed lawyer. He was scheduled to be back before Judge Suzanne Faunce at 8:45 a.m. Dec. 14.

First-degree murder is punishable by mandatory life in prison.

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