Police: Kingston Man Beat Girlfriend To Death
KINGSTON — A Kingston man whose girlfriend was found dead in a vehicle over the weekend was charged Wednesday with brutally beating her to death.
Dana Ganjeh, 39, of 71 Price St., is charged with criminal homicide in the death of Linda Frick, 56, who was found dead in a vehicle outside his home Saturday.
Ganjeh declined to comment as police escorted him to and from a preliminary arraignment Wednesday. During the hearing, Ganjeh told the judge he did not understand why he had been arrested.
“Why am I charged for her death?” he asked.
The presiding judge directed Ganjeh to a complaint that says police responded to his home around 7 a.m. Saturday after he called to report the death.
According to the complaint, police arrived at the scene — the site of “numerous past incidents” of domestic violence —and were met by Ganjeh, who handed them a car key and said a woman was dead in a vehicle behind the home.
Police handcuffed Ganjeh and found Frick under a blanket in the reclined front passenger seat of a white Toyota RAV-4, according to the complaint. Frick was unresponsive and had a “bruised and beaten body,” the charges allege.
Frick’s injuries included two black eyes and bruising covering most of her face, police said. There was blood coming from her nose and mouth, as well as in her eyes, police said.
The complaint says that while one officer was discovering the body, another officer stayed with Ganjeh on the front porch.
“I tried taking her to the hospital last night,” the complaint quotes Ganjeh as telling that officer. “She just died. I’m screwed.”
An autopsy conducted Monday determined Frick had been beaten to death and that the manner of her death was homicide.
A subsequent search turned up no apparent signs of a struggle in Ganjeh’s apartment, but police found several blood drops in the SUV where Frick’s body was found, the complaint says.
Police also found blood at the home where Frick lived with her brother, according to the complaint. Frick’s brother Larry Frick and his girlfriend left his house in Dreher Twp., Wayne County, around 6:15 p.m. Friday and last saw Linda Frick waving goodbye from a sliding-glass door, according to the charges.
When they returned about two hours later, Linda Frick was gone — but the glass door had been knocked off its track and there were blood smudges near the door, according to police. Investigators subsequently collected blood samples from the door area as well as in Linda Frick’s bedroom and bathroom, the complaint says.
Police say surveillance video shows Ganjeh driving the RAV-4 around early Saturday morning, shortly before his brother got an ominous call. Ganjeh’s brother, Danash Ganjeh, told police that his brother called that morning saying he had done something “bad” and that “you’ll find out” what, the complaint says.
Dana Ganjeh asked his brother to take care of their mother, the charges say.
During questioning, Dana Ganjeh told police he had been with Frick in the SUV around 10:30 p.m. Friday and that she had been feeling ill. Dana Ganjeh claimed that they had driven around for a while and then he discovered that Linda Frick had died, police said.
Prosecutors initially charged Dana Ganjeh with aggravated assault, but dropped that charge upon filing the murder case on Wednesday.
At the arraignment, Magisterial District Judge James J. Haggerty asked the parties to address bail in the case. Dana Ganjeh, a construction worker who previously lived in the Chicago area, said he didn’t think Haggerty would listen to his argument, but he maintained he was not a danger.
“There’s no danger to the community or anybody else,” Dana Ganjeh said.
Assistant District Attorney Thomas Hogans noted that under state law bail is not permitted in criminal homicide cases. However, he also listed an extensive rap sheet on Dana Ganjeh, including previous convictions for domestic battery, theft and resisting arrest.
Hogans also said that Dana Ganjeh is currently on bail awaiting trial on burglary and assault charges in a Wayne County case in which Linda Frick was the victim. Part of Dana Ganjeh’s bail condition in that case was to have no contact with her, he said.
“He’s shown a history of not complying with bail conditions,” Hogans said.
Haggerty found that Dana Ganjeh did not qualify for bail, but said he would have denied it even if he were eligible.
Dana Ganjeh was remanded to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility with a preliminary hearing set for Aug. 20.