Jury ac­quits woman in man’s heroin death

Claggett-Brown found guilty of reck­less en­dan­ger­ment and pos­ses­sion; mur­der charge tossed last week

The Calvert Recorder - - Front Page - In­side, Page A9

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.

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