David P. Daggett
Chief deputy state's attorney, Carroll County
in the news
After the state medical examiner ruled the death of 17-year-old Isaiah Simmons at Bowling Brook Preparatory School a homicide, the case fell to Daggett to handle. He says he will present evidence to a county grand jury next month and will ask it to determine whether it supports any criminal indictments. He has said it seems that clear no one intended to kill Simmons, who died after being restrained by the school's staff for three hours.
Daggett, 53, has been with the Carroll County state's attorney's office for 12 years. He was a prosecutor in Frederick County and once worked in social services in Montgomery County.
A native of Maine whose father was a Navy officer, Daggett moved around a lot growing up. He lived in Germany, Turkey, Hawaii and Okinawa, Japan, before his father's last assignment in Washington. Married with one son and two stepchildren, he is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law. He plays guitar and keyboard in a band, The Janglebachs, that performs mostly tunes from the 1960s and 1970s.
approach to the job
"I try to do what's right, both for the victims and for the court system. I have to answer to victims, but I have to answer to the courts as well."