A registered sex offender charged with raping and killing a 14-year-old relative in Calvert County was infatuated with the girl and became angry when his feelings were not reciprocated, according to a police affidavit made public in court yesterday.
Edward L. Frostbutter, 19, told investigators during an interrogation that he entered the home of the victim, Cindy Storms, to talk with her late Sunday night, then got angry and choked and raped her, according to the affidavit. Cindy, whose step-grandmother is a sister of Frostbutter's father, was found dead in her bedroom Monday morning. The state medical examiner's office has not ruled on the cause of death, the Calvert sheriff's office said.
Frostbutter, who pleaded guilty to the November 2001 molestation of an 8-year-old boy and was released from jail in April, was ordered held without bond yesterday on charges of murder, rape and burglary.
He did not enter pleas to the charges at yesterday's bail hearing. His attorney, public defender Sheila Sullivan, asked District Court Judge Richard A. Cooper to order her client held in Crownsville Hospital Center, a state mental facility.
"There are some mental health issues that need to be dealt with," Sullivan said.
Cooper, who denied the request, said Frostbutter would have to enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity before being sent to Crownsville. He was ordered jailed without bond pending further legal proceedings. After the hearing, Sullivan declined to elaborate on Frostbutter's mental health.
Cindy, a freshman at Calvert High School, lived with her grandfather William Nelson and step-grandmother Toni Nelson in the same neighborhood where Frostbutter lived with his parents.
According to the affidavit, Frostbutter told police that he first became angry with Cindy on Sunday night during a casual get-together of the Nelson and Frostbutter families at the Nelson home. Frostbutter told police that he was mad at Cindy because she "treated him differently from other family members," the affidavit states, without elaborating.
After dinner Sunday, Frostbutter went outside of the Nelson home to sit on a porch swing, and relatives later told police that he "appeared to be bothered or upset by something," according to the affidavit. He then left the porch and was seen speeding away in his car, the affidavit states. Frostbutter told police that sometime before midnight, he returned to the Nelson home, entered through an unlocked back door and confronted Cindy in her bedroom, according to the affidavit.
Frostbutter told investigators that he choked Cindy and stuffed a sock in her mouth to stifle her screams, causing her to lose consciousness, the affidavit states. He said he then tied her hands behind her back and raped her, according to the affidavit.
Just after midnight, Frostbutter called his sister's boyfriend and told him to tell the family goodbye for him, then drove to Pennsylvania, the affidavit states. He called his family by cell phone the next day, after Cindy's body had been discovered, according to the affidavit. Law enforcement sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said investigators told the family to tell Frostbutter that Cindy was all right, hoping it would prompt him to return.
Using cell phone records and the global positioning system in Frostbutter's phone, police located him about 9 p.m. Monday just outside of Harrisburg, Pa., and arrested him there.
Frostbutter has been charged in two other sex crimes. He pleaded guilty last year in a 2001 child molestation case and served 16 months in jail. He was charged with raping a girl in a restroom at Calvert High School in January 2002, but the charges were dropped when the victim declined to cooperate with authorities, according to prosecutors.
In the rape case, Frostbutter told authorities he suffered from multiple personality disorder and had an alter ego named Sam, according to court records.
Before pleading guilty in the molestation case, Frostbutter was evaluated by three psychiatrists, according to two sources familiar with the case. The psychiatrists wrote that Frostbutter needed therapy for depression but did not suffer from multiple personality disorder and was not violent, sources said.
Frostbutter enrolled in a treatment program while in jail. A condition of his probation was that he take medication and attend therapy sessions. Mark Vernarelli, a spokesman for the Maryland Division of Parole and Probation, said probation officials have found no evidence that Frostbutter stopped complying with those condition before the killing.