Brown, Bow­man in­dicted

Record Observer - - Front Page - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

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

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