No indictment in Md. disabled man's death

AP News
Posted: Mar 22, 2013 3:25 PM

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A grand jury has decided not to indict three Maryland sheriff's deputies in the death of a man with Down syndrome.

State's Attorney J. Charles Smith said Friday that Lt. Scott Jewell, Sgt. Rich Rochford and Deputy First Class James Harris would not face criminal charges

Twenty-six-year-old Robert Ethan Saylor of New Market suffocated to death Jan. 12 at the Westview Stadium 16 cinema in Frederick.

The Frederick County Sheriff's Office says the deputies were moonlighting as mall security officers when they were called because Saylor refused to leave the theater. The agency says they handcuffed Saylor and forced him to the ground after he resisted arrest.

The deputies were placed on administrative leave with pay six weeks later pending the outcome of the grand jury probe and an internal investigation.