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Judge Dismisses Manslaughter Charge Against 3 In Westland Jail Death

January 22, 2019 - 7:19 pm

WESTLAND (WWJ) - A Wayne County judge has dismissed involuntary manslaughter charges in the case of a man who died behind bars in Westland. 

Westland Sgt. Ronald Buckley, Westland Paramedics Matt Dicosola and Leah Maynard -- all charged in connection with the in-custody jail death of William Marshall of Inkster -- had their preliminary examinations on December 17, 2018.

According to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, the judge on Tuesday bound all three of them over for trial on charges of misconduct in office, but ruled that the prosecution had not presented sufficient evidence to show that the defendants’ actions caused Marshall’s death.

Prosecutors alleged that, in December of 2017, the three failed to help Marshall after he was arrested for drug during a traffic stop. While being booked, the 35-year-old man convulsed on-and=off for over an hour and then died, according to authorities. 

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said Buckley insisted that Marshall remain in the cell; and, while Dicosola and Maynard were present, they failed to help the dying man. 

All three defendants are due back in court on January 29. 

Prosecutors have not yet determined whether an appeal will be filed.