A Woodbine man charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend is requesting a transfer to a state-run psychiatric hospital for an evaluation on his level of competency.
Following his bail review Wednesday in Carroll County District Court, the attorney for William R. Brueckmann filed a motion that his client be evaluated at Springfield Hospital in Sykesville based on statements he made to police following Sunday’s shooting that he was suicidal.
The evaluation would assess Brueckmann’s ability to understand and participate in the court process.
The court did not issue a ruling on the motion Wednesday and kept him held without bail at the Carroll County Detention Center where he is on suicide watch.
Brueckmann, 26, of the 6800 block of John Pickett Road, is charged with first- and second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of the 21-year-old woman.
Brittany Warfield, who lived at the same address with Brueckmann, died Monday at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore from a gunshot wound to the head that allegedly occurred during an altercation with Brueckman at their home Sunday morning.
According to the charging documents filed in the case, Brueckmann told police he was intending to commit suicide and Warfield was trying to take the gun away from him when it fired.
Brueckmann told police that "this was not supposed to happen," and he was supposed to commit suicide Sunday, according to the charging documents.
George Psoras, the attorney representing Brueckmann at Wednesday’s bail review, said a competency evaluation on his client should be conducted based on those statements.
In the charging documents, police said the location of the entry wound does not support the statements made by Brueckmann to police that Warfield tried to take the gun away from him.
The documents state that the bullet entered the back of the victim’s skull, from the top to bottom, and exited the left cheek area.
Psoras pointed to Brueckmann’s 7-foot-1 frame as reasoning for the bullet’s entry point into Warfield, who was 5-foot-3, he said.
Though the shooting is categorized as a murder, it is far from a murder, Psoras said.
"This is simply an accident with tragic consequences," Psoras said.
When police arrived at the scene just after 9 a.m. Sunday, they found Brueckmann in the backyard of the residence holding Warfield, who was unconscious with a serious head wound, according to Maryland State Police.
A caller to 911 told police she heard a female screaming, arguing and eventually heard a gunshot, according to the charging documents.
Psoras pointed out that Brueckmann also called police for help after the shooting, which was not included in the charging documents, he said.