Dad Beaten To Death Outside Anne Arundel County Home Prompts Arrest: Police


The Anne Arundel County Police Department announced Wednesday that it arrested Trevor Garrett Taylor in the May 19 fatal beating of Christopher Michael Wright in Brooklyn, Maryland. A county police car is shown here on another day. (Jacob Baumgart/Patch)

BROOKLYN, MD — Police announced Wednesday that they arrested the first suspect accused of beating a father to death outside his Anne Arundel County home.

Officers said they arrested Trevor Garrett Taylor, 26, in the killing of Christopher Michael Wright, 43. The victim and the suspect are both from Brooklyn, Maryland.

WBAL reported that Wright died on May 20, a day after a group showed up at his house trying to fight his son.

Wright's fiancée, Tracy Karopchinsky, told WBAL that their 14-year-old son got into a fight with another teen at school on May 19. She said three teens and two adults came to their house afterward to try and fight their son, but Wright told them their son wouldn't fight.

The group told Wright they would fight him instead, WBAL said.

Police said medics took Wright to the hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

Officers declined to say whether charges are pending against any other suspects.

"I loved him more than anything in the world, the father of our kids there's no question in my mind that he loved us and that he loved me," Karopchinsky said at a May 26 vigil, according to FOX 45. "He gave the ultimate sacrifice for his children and that's what I want my kids to know first and foremost about Daddy that he loved them more than anything in this world, anything."

Officers said they presented the case facts to the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office for review.

Homicide detectives said they then applied for charges against Taylor.

Authorities said the court commissioner issued a warrant Tuesday for Taylor on these charges:

  • Manslaughter
  • Second-degree assault (three counts)
  • Affray
  • Disorderly conduct

Taylor was served on the warrant and is currently at the central holding and processing center in Annapolis, the Anne Arundel County Police Department said.

Related: Victim Dies After Assault At His Anne Arundel County Home, Police Say

This map shows the area where officers said the assault happened in the 300 block of Arundel Road West.

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My god. What could possibly have transpired in a middle school between 14 year olds that was so unforgivable; so terrible that it was worth beating a man to death…ending a human life, altering the lives of an entire family over a juvenile squabble in a schoolyard. We really are circling the drain as a species when we can’t resolve basic conflict without violence. Something has got to give and soon. 

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