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Disabled Md. man's death file sent to prosecutor

Wednesday - 2/20/2013, 5:44pm  ET

This undated photo provided by the family shows Robert Ethan Saylor. The 26-year-old with Down syndrome died of asphyxiation Jan. 12 after three sheriff's deputies tried to forcibly remove him from a Frederick, Md., movie theater at the manager's request. The state medical examiner's office has ruled the death a homicide. (AP Photo/Family photo)

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) Frederick County's top prosecutor is promising a thorough investigation into the death in police custody of a man with Down syndrome.

State's Attorney Charlie Smith said Wednesday he has received the investigative file from the Frederick County Sheriff's Office on the death of 26-year-old Robert Ethan Saylor.

Saylor died of asphyxiation Jan. 12 after three sheriff's deputies tried to forcibly remove him from a Frederick movie theater at the manager's request. The state medical examiner's office has ruled the death a homicide.

Smith says the file doesn't include the final autopsy report on Saylor. He says his office will need that document to complete its investigation.

Smith will then decide whether to bring criminal charges against the officers, or to present evidence to a grand jury.


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