Brown, Bowman indicted
CENTREVILLE — The manslaughter charges against Don Diego Brown and Rachel Maury Bowman in the overdose death of Crystal Jean Ringgold will be dropped in District Court after the pair were indicted on the same charges in Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court on Tuesday, Oct. 4, according to Deputy State’s Attorney Christine Dulla Rickard, who will be prosecuting the cases.
In the case State of Maryland vs. Don Diego Brown, Judge Karen Jensen issued an indictment on charges of involuntary manslaughter and distribution of a controlled dangerous
substance — felony charges — and reckless endangerment, conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance and two other counts of CDS possession, not marijuana — misdemeanors. Brown, 58, of Ingleside remains incarcerated at the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center.
Under order of the court, Brown is being held without bail.
Bowman, 21, of Church Hill was indicted on felony charges of involuntary manslaughter and distribution of a controlled dangerous substance (narcotic), plus misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment,
conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance and four counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance — not marijuana. Bowman had no prior criminal record.
Jensen set bail for Bowman at $120,000. She also remains incarcerated at the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center.
If bail is posted, Jensen ordered pre-trial conditions be met including oversight by Office of Parole and Probation with weekly urinalysis.
Charges stem from the Sept. 14 death of Ringgold, 27, of Henderson, who was discovered unresponsive from a suspected
heroin overdose in the restroom at the Subway store in Stevensville. Both the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office and Drug Task Force responded. Police identified a person at the scene, Bowman, who may have distributed or facilitated the distribution of the heroin to Ringgold. She was detained by task force members while detectives got a warrant to search her and her belongings.
The search found .2 grams of suspected heroin, two suspected Zubsolv pills and a suspected Suboxone strip, police said.
Further investigation allegedly implicated Brown, who police said met with
Bowman directly before Ringgold’s death then allegedly delivered the drug to Ringgold.
At the time of his arrest, Brown was on parole or probation from a 25-year sentence in a first-degree assault conviction stemming from an incident in 2001, in which he also had been charged with attempted murder.
Both Brown and Bowman are represented by the Queen Anne’s County Public Defender’s Office; Brown by Michael Pappafotis and Bowman by Eileen Marie Shannon-McClellan. Attorneys in both cases have filed for speedy trials.
Motions hearings are set for both Brown and Bowman on Dec. 16 in Circuit Court. Jury trials for both are scheduled for Jan. 4, 2017.
RACHEL MAURY BOWMAN
DON DIEGO BROWN