Medical examiner's written ruling awaited in 'suspicious death' of Wilde Lake man


The Howard County state's attorney's office is awaiting a written ruling from the state medical examiner to determine whether to charge anyone in the Nov. 9 death of a Wilde Lake resident, State's Attorney Marna McLendon said yesterday.

Police have received an oral ruling from the medical examiner's office that the death of George Leroy Nicholson, 43, in Columbia's Long Reach village will be deemed a homicide, said Sgt. Steven Keller, a police spokesman.

Nicholson's death had been labeled a "suspicious death" by the police pending the results of the autopsy.

Nicholson was found unconscious at the bottom of a concrete stairway in an apartment building off Tamar Drive early Nov. 9, police said.

Police said he had fallen down a flight of stairs after a heated confrontation with a 22-year-old male friend.

Nicholson was taken to Howard County General Hospital and was later transferred to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he died the next afternoon, police said.

After receiving the autopsy report, the state's attorney's office will review the police report and make a decision about whether there was criminal culpability in Nicholson's death, McLendon said.

If the office determines that someone was criminally responsible, the case will go to a grand jury, which will decide whether someone should face trial, McLendon said.

Pub Date: 12/18/96

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