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A Vermont State Police Mobile Crime Lab is parked at the scene of a homicide along West Creek Road in Pittsford late Friday afternoon.
PITTSFORD — A Pittsford man is charged with murdering his girlfriend Friday in what Vermont State Police say is the state’s third domestic-violence homicide in a month.
Christopher Sharrow, 35, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of 32-year-old Kristen Parker in their home on West Creek Road in Pittsford. Police said he is being held without bail and is scheduled for arraignment Monday in Rutland criminal court.
Maj. Ed Ledo of the Vermont State Police said a neighbor heard screaming and called police at around 2:20 a.m. Friday. He said troopers arrived at 2:55 a.m. and forced their way into the home, finding Parker dead and Sharrow on the scene.
Sharrow was taken into custody without incident, according to police.
Police said Sharrow and Parker lived together in the home with their two children and a child of Parker’s from a previous relationship. The children, who police said range in age from 1 to 7 years old, were home at the time of the killing but were unharmed and were safe with family as of Friday afternoon.
Ledo would not provide details as to the cause or manner of death, saying he was waiting for autopsy results. He would not discuss whether Sharrow had provided a statement.
Ledo said this was the fourth homicide in Vermont this year, and the third related to domestic violence. At a news conference outside the Vermont State Police barracks in Rutland late Friday afternoon, he made a point of discussing the effects of domestic violence and the resources available to its victims.
“There are always warning signs,” he said. “I think people feel it’s not going to happen again.”
Ledo said he was not aware of previous police visits to Sharrow and Parker’s home for domestic disturbances, nor of abuse-prevention orders or other evidence of a history of trouble between them.
Ledo said while Sharrow had a “criminal past” — he was convicted in 2004 for skimming from a cash register at a Center Rutland convenience store — there was nothing pending against Sharrow and that he was not aware of any domestic violence charges.
The home is a two-story gray house with a front porch, located on a long and largely empty stretch of road, near the intersection of Kendall Hill Road. Door screens, forcefully removed by troopers when they arrived at the house, sat against one of the porch beams Friday afternoon as crime scene investigators worked on site.
A sign on the front lawn listed the house for sale.
Neighbors declined to comment Friday afternoon.
Ledo said that in the last 18 years, half of all the homicides in Vermont had been related to domestic violence. He encouraged abuse victims to come forward, contacting Vermont State Police, local police, their local sheriff’s department or a state hotline: 1-800-ABUSE-95.
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