Ex-Police Sgt. Acquitted Of Misconduct In Westland Jail Death

Separately, a mistrial was declared in a paramedic's case

WWJ News
November 04, 2019 - 1:02 pm
Ron Buckley

Ron Buckley (Booking photo)


WESTLAND (WWJ/AP) - A police officer blamed for the drug-related death of a man in a Detroit-area jail has been cleared of misconduct in office.

A Wayne County jury acquitted former Westland Sgt. Ron Buckley on Friday. Separately, a mistrial was declared in the trial of paramedic Leah Maynard.

Leah Maynard
Leah Maynard (Booking photo)
Buckley and Maynard were charged in the 2017 death of William Marshall, who was arrested for drug possession and died from cocaine toxicity in the Westland jail. Prosecutors accused them of disregarding Marshall's medical needs.

Paramedic Matt Dicosola was placed on probation after pleading guilty to a records violation.

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. 

The case began 13 months ago with charges of involuntary manslaughter, as Worthy accused Buckley, Maynard and another paramedic of "criminal disregard for human life." A judge in January dismissed the manslaughter charges.