Violent Home Invasion and Shooting of Michael Temple Jr. Left Him a Quadriplegic for 5 Years Before His Death
On February 2nd, 2010, around 8:50 P.M., two masked white males, Fredrick Frampton and Johnathan Ludwig, entered a home located at 522 Williamsburg Lane in Odenton Maryland. The first person they encountered was Donald Gagnon. Fredrick Frampton pistol whipped him knocking him to the floor. While being held at gunpoint by Frampton, Ludwig bound Donald’s hands and ankles together before covering his mouth with duct tape and steeling his wallet.
Next the home invaders went into the basement where they discovered Michael Temple Jr., Margaret Ridgely, and Kelly Skarwecki. Frampton ordered them with his gun to get on the ground and demanded money from them. Michael Temple Jr. and Margaret Ridgely fought back instead of complying. Margaret Ridgely fought with Ludwig and got struck in the left eye while Michael Temple Jr. struggled with Frampton. Michael and Frampton’s fight ended up in the laundry room. Witnesses reported hearing two shots, and Michael told detectives he managed to stab Frampton during the struggle before getting shot. Overall, Frampton and Ludwig made off with between $2100 and $2500 from the home.
Soon after the Anne Arundel County Police Department received a call regarding the home invasion and shooting where they found the then 24-year-old shot in the upper body. Witnesses reported two white males fleeing the scene prior to authorities arriving, the same as was reported by the victims. The Anne Arundel County Police Department’s Evidence Collection Unit recovered multiple shell casings, a 4-inch blade, and a partial projectile from the scene. Due to his injuries, Michael was rendered a quadriplegic and bound to a wheelchair.
Michael Temple Jr.’s Death and Homicide Ruling
On June 18th, 2015, Michael Temple died, and his body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME). Through the postmortem examination undertaken there, Michael’s death was formally ruled a homicide due to complications from the gunshot wound 5 years before. After the case being ruled a homicide on June 18th, 2015, cold case investigators in charge of the case contacted Parabon NanoLabs in Virginia. Parabon NanoLabs created a phenotype profile from the DNA found on the knife. They were able to determine that the suspect had fair to very fair skin, did not have black hair, and had green or hazel eyes. They also provided a screenshot of what the perpetrator may look like.
In December of the same year, a $10,000 reward was offered for information regarding Michael’s murder. No one recognized the snapshot, and no one stepped forward with information to get the reward. The case went cold again until 2018 when the police decided to ask Parabon NanoLabs to run the DNA through their genetic genealogy program. After screening the DNA found at the crime scene through genetic databases to look for family members and narrow down the possible suspects, Parabon NanoLabs informed the Anne Arundel County Police Department that they had a match that was likely their suspect for this case.
Confirming DNA Match
After being told by Parabon NanoLabs that Fredrick Frampton’s DNA was the likely suspect, detectives started a covert surveillance mission on him. The first piece of DNA collected happened when they followed the Glen Burnie man to a 7-Eleven in Crofton where he littered a coffee cup on the ground. Shortly after he littered a cigarette butt in a parking lot near Roy Rogers. Both of these items were collected by detectives and sent off to the county’s forensic lab where it was confirmed that Fredrick Frampton’s DNA was the same as the DNA found at the crime scene.
Arrest and Sentencing
On October 31st, 2018, the Anne Arundel County Police Department obtained an arrest warrant for Fredrick Frampton. A few hours after obtaining the arrest warrant, he was located and apprehended where he was interviewed. Through this interview, the second individual involved in the home invasion was identified, Jonathan Ludwig.
Fredrick Frampton was officially arrested on November 2nd, 2018, and charged with first degree murder, first degree burglary, attempted armed robbery, attempted robbery, and use of a handgun in a felony violent crime. A search of his home resulted in the handgun being found that was proven to have been used in the crime through forensic testing. At trial Fredrick Frampton pled guilty to first degree murder and was sentenced to 55 years. Jonathan Ludwig had died before the case broke in March 2018. The medical examiner determined that Ludwig died of either a heroin overdose, cocaine overdose, or a combination of both.
The Perpetrators and The Victim’s Father
Michael Temple Sr. struggles between feeling disappointed and angry regarding the home invasion that rendered his son a quadriplegic and ultimately resulted in his death. Shortly after the attack both Frampton and Ludwig began working with the victim’s father at a construction company in town. This work relationship continued for years without Michael Temple Sr. being aware that they were the perpetrators of the home invasion. “The individuals worked beside me for many years, which I find kind of really hard to believe how somebody can stand that close to you and have done what they have done,” Michael Temple Sr. is quoted as saying.