Frederick police have charged a 30-year-old West Virginia woman with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder in connection with her role in a homicide on Wilcox Court in Frederick earlier this year.

Samantha Lynn Guthrie was identified as a potential suspect when Frederick police first took up the case in early May, but charges weren’t filed right away to give detectives time to work with the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office, according to Lt. Kirk Henneberry, commander of the department’s Criminal Investigation Division. Guthrie arrived at a house in the 1100 block of Wilcox Court on May 1 with 24-year-old Devon Jamel Wallace and was present when 43-year-old Ryan David Bretzfelder, an occupant of the house, killed Wallace in a fight that occurred shortly thereafter, according to charging documents. Guthrie and Wallace were dating, according to a release Wednesday from the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Police learned of the homicide after sheriff’s deputies in Jefferson County, West Virginia, found Wallace’s body on May 2 in a field near Charles Town, West Virginia, according to previous reports in The Frederick News-Post.

Guthrie “was present when the fight started between the victim and the suspect. She was also present when the victim’s body was left in West Virginia,” Henneberry said, explaining that detectives learned that Guthrie had accompanied Bretzfelder to dispose of Wallace’s body.

Bretzfelder, who was arrested at his home on May 13, admitted he assaulted Wallace, saying the fight began after Wallace assaulted Guthrie, even going so far as to strangle her briefly, according to previous reports. Bretzfelder said he struck Wallace several times in the head with a grill brush after Wallace turned toward him after letting Guthrie go. Bretzfelder continued his assault when Wallace fell off the deck of the house, punching and kicking Wallace as he tried to stand up again, the reports continued.

Bretzfelder then admitted hitting Wallace in the head four or five times with a heavy rock, killing him, according to reports. He was charged with first-degree murder and remained in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center as of Wednesday.

Guthrie was also charged with neglect of a minor because her daughter, a toddler, was present when Wallace was killed. Guthrie also reportedly took her daughter with her to West Virginia to dump Wallace’s body, Henneberry said.

“We determined that just the child being present during some of the aspects of the crime that occurred was enough to justify the charge,” the lieutenant said.

Guthrie was aware of the investigation into her alleged role in the homicide and was in touch with detectives leading up to her arrest at about 2 p.m. Tuesday, Henneberry said. She was ordered to be held without bail after a hearing Wednesday afternoon in Frederick County Circuit Court, according to a news release.

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So she brings a guy home when she has a bf at home.

She has her kid with her and they ride around with a dead body in the vehicle

she has her kid with her when they dump the body

and she has like 1/2 a smirk I’m her mug shot photo

she is not mentally stable


Don't see anything about her bringing a guy home when she had a bf at home. She lives in WV, not Frederick and was dating the victim.


who said she lived in Frederick?


Something I don't understand is that it seems obvious from the number and severity of the articles in the FNP that the violent crime rate has increased dramatically, yet the stats I've seen show violent crime decreasing. That was only over a relatively recent (and short) period though -- approx. 2002>2010. I'd like to see stats covering a longer period, say 40-50 years, so we can see both "before" and "during" the wholesale destruction of the county by sprawling residential developments. That would be interesting.


People were more crazy/violent when there was lead in everything. Imagine how much better things could be if we had affordable mental heath care available to everyone.


Naw, just lock 'em up in a private, for-profit prison -- it's the American way! [rolleyes]


Their already is, just a lot of unstable people that don't realize they need the help. Maryland is one of the leading states for affordable healthcare. Especially for mental illness.


Amazing this stuff happens in Frederick, along with the pollution due to plastic grocery bags that Kai Hagen is talking about... its starting to tough to raise a family here.


Sorry, what??

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