Grand Jury: Actions leading to Rockville doctor’s death were ‘justified’

Detectives are investigating a suspicious death in Rockville. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)

WASHINGTON – A grand jury on Thursday found the actions that lead to the death of a Rockville doctor in July were justified and said no criminal charges would be brought.

Chandrasekhar Korapati, 50, died on July 11 after apparently getting into a fight with his college-aged children at the family’s home on the 9800 block of Juniper Hill Road.

A Montgomery County medical examiner ruled the death a homicide caused by asphyxiation, Montgomery County police said.

No charges were filed.

A source familiar with the investigation said Korapati’s blood-alcohol level at the time of his death was near poisonous and that he had years-long history of alcohol-related domestic abuse, as evidenced by public records.

Police found Korapati’s body just after 6:30 a.m. on July 12 after Korapati’s son called 911 to report his father had stopped breathing, police said.

Neighbors said after Korapati’s death that the incident may have been the culmination of past domestic abuse in the home.

Major crimes investigators interviewed family members who were home at the time.

Police said in a news release after the incident they believed Korpati got into an altercation with his 19-year-old son and 20-year-old daughter.

“We were accustomed to seeing police cars and ambulances coming in,” said neighbor Barbara Skardis in July.

In 2006, Korapati was ordered to vacate his home. Court records show that Korapati had “stay away orders” from the home dating back to 2006.

It’s not clear who the orders were protecting.

WTOP’s Megan Cloherty contributed to this report. Follow @WTOP on Twitter.

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