Thursday, November 7, 2019

Officer cleared in jail death, EMT to be retried on charges

A jury has found former Westland Police Sgt. Ronald Buckley not guilty on charges of misconduct in office while a separate trial for former Westland EMT Leah Maynard on the same charges ended in a mistrial.
The two, along with former Westland EMT Matt Dicosola, were all charged in the Dec. 10, 2017 death of William Marshall while he was in custody at the Westland jail.
Marshall had been arrested on charges of drug possession and while in police custody suffered what prosecutors described as full body tremors. Each of the four incidents of drug toxicity lasted abut 40 minutes, prosecutors told the juries. Prosecutors claimed that Buckley, Maynard and Dicosola disregarded Marshall's medical needs and “criminal disregard for human life.”
Marshall was eventually transported from the jail to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead due to drug toxicity.
Prosecutors initially accused all three defendants of involuntary manslaughter but those charges were dismissed.
Dicosola entered a guilty plea to a records violation charge of intentionally placing false information on a medical chart and was sentenced to 1-year probation last week. Maynard will be retried on the  misconduct charges..