Friday, August 5 2022

MEDIA COURTHOUSE – A Chester man facing attempted murder and related charges was denied nominal bail on Tuesday and given a firm trial date of August 8 before the Justice of the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas, Mary Alice Brennan.

Darryl Frisby, 40, is charged with stabbing a woman in the neck during an early morning confrontation on New Years Day 2021. He has also been charged with common and aggravated assault, possession of an instrument of crime and reckless endangerment.

The assault took place around 6:21 a.m. on January 1, according to a statement from police commissioner Steven Gretsky, beginning inside an apartment where Frisby punched the alleged victim in the face. The alleged victim attempted to flee by jumping out of the second story window, the statement said.

“Once on the ground, the victim attempted to crawl away, at which time Frisby came up from behind the victim, pulled the victim’s head back and slit his throat,” the statement read. “The victim was transported to Crozer-Chester Medical Center and treated for multiple injuries including a laceration, puncture wounds and a broken leg.”

Frisby was arrested on January 14, 2021 by members of the Chester Narcotics Unit following a report that he was in an apartment in the 1100 block of West Third Street, the statement said.

Police also reportedly found a clear glass jar full of suspected PCP on a prominently displayed dinner tray in the living room of this address, which was seized as evidence along with $623 in cash and a cell phone Frisby had on him. . He faces drug charges in a second, separate case.

Defense attorney James Wright said his client has been in custody without bond since his arrest. Wright requested nominal bail with home supervision on Tuesday, arguing that the Commonwealth was required to bring Frisby to trial within 180 days, excluding time attributable to defense prosecutions.

Assistant District Attorney Brian Denk said he calculated that Frisby had been in custody for a total of 558 days. He admitted that only 196 of them were attributable to defense delays, but produced a letter Frisby allegedly wrote to an intermediary asking him to speak to the victim.

“If you can locate Shorty, I need you to make sure she stays put or gets lost,” Frisby allegedly wrote. “She’s already come to court against me and it’s not looking good. You do me this favor and I’ll take care of you, and I’ll leave her alone.

“If he’s on the street, it’s unclear what he’s potentially going to do, given that he’s willing to…send this letter to an intermediary to try to ensure that the victim, in this case, does not testify,” Denk said. “He says very explicitly at the end of the letter that he is trying to make her lie. Hopefully the most he would do would be to ask her to lie or not show up, but we have no idea how long that would go given that this is an attempted attempt allegation. of homicide with a stab wound to the neck of someone who fell from a window and was crippled on the street.

Wright said his client is presumed innocent until proven guilty and questioned the authenticity of the letter. Denk said he plans to have the letter authenticated, though Brennan noted the handwriting was “exactly the same” as a letter Frisby previously sent to court.

Frisby also addressed the court, telling Brennan that he had no history of violence on his file.

“I am not a danger to my community,” he said. “I am an asset.”

Brennan said she felt there were no conditions that she could bail to keep this community safe, however, and denied the request. Jury selection is scheduled to take place on August 9.


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