Five troopers to be charged administratively


Five state troopers assigned to the Westminster barracks will be charged administratively in connection with a prisoner who hanged himself with his belt in a holding cell in September, state police said yesterday.

The charges -- failing to conduct a proper search -- relate to alleged violations of state police policies regarding prisoner detention in a barracks.

State police said Daniel Ray Marsh, 43, of Glen Burnie was arrested about 11 a.m. Sept. 19 on charges related to a series of break-ins in Carroll County. He was placed in a holding cell in the barracks basement.

Mr. Marsh was found about 4:30 p.m. hanging from his belt, which was looped around his neck and tied to a bar on the cell door.

He was pronounced dead at Carroll County General Hospital at 5:05 p.m.

All five troopers will be charged with violating state police policies, state police said. Their names were not disclosed.

If they are found to be at fault, the troopers could face administrative penalties ranging from a written reprimand to dismissal.

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