Jury acquits woman in man’s heroin death
Claggett-Brown found guilty of reckless endangerment and possession; murder charge tossed last week
Jurors convicted a woman Thursday morning of reckless endangerment and possession of heroin, but acquitted her of second-degree “depraved heart” murder in the overdose death of a Calvert man last fall, after the panel heard two days of testimony and arguments in a St. Mary’s courtroom.
Regina Malvalee Claggett-Brown, 47, did not testify in her own defense, and her public defenders called no oth- er witnesses to the stand. They focused their efforts in part on the testimony of a man traveling with Paul F. Baxter of Chesapeake Beach on the night he died, through cross-examination of the witness on his multiple accounts of what happened, and in their argument to the jurors.
Claggett-Brown remains in custody as she awaits results of a pre-sentence investigation.
St. Mary’s State’s Attorney Richard Fritz (R) argued Claggett-Brown, a resident of the McDaniel community on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, was responsible for Baxter’s death in October of last year, by selling heroin to the 32-year-old man when she knew the drug could kill him.