Family of homeless man sues pair in his death

March 30, 1994|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer

The family of Arch Baldwin, the homeless Annapolis man who died after he was harassed by two Anne Arundel Community College students, has sued the students and their former roommates for $35 million.

The relatives of Mr. Baldwin charge in the suit filed in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court that the harassment caused his death and that the men's actions were "unwarranted, cruel, inhumane, and absolutely unjustified."

Two of the defendants, Adam Schlossman, 21, and Ted Reshetiloff, 22, both of Annapolis, were convicted March 4 of manslaughter in Mr. Baldwin's death in July 1992. Two of the other defendants, Willis Lewin Usilton, 22, of Easton and Christian M. Walton, 22, of Annapolis, have been charged as accessories.

Mr. Baldwin, a 62-year-old homeless alcoholic, frequented the woods behind the house where several of the defendants lived.

Schlossman and Reshetiloff were convicted of pouring beer and debris on him, pelting him with stones and urinating on him before they pushed him into a wooded gully, where they left him.

When they found him dead the next day, they put his body on a sled and dragged it deeper into the woods, where they buried him in a shallow grave, breaking his legs so his body would fit in the hole.

The body was discovered about nine months later when one of Schlossman's roommates went to the police.

A state medical examiner ruled the death a homicide, saying Mr. Baldwin died of heart failure brought on by the stress of the harassment.

Schlossman and Reshetiloff face up to 10 years in prison when they are sentenced by Judge Robert H. Heller on May 4.

The suit, filed on behalf of Mr. Baldwin's widow, Ruby Baldwin, and their four children, also names as defendants two men who were not charged, Gene Kirchner and Isaac Kumer, both of Annapolis.

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