Toxicology test set on man found hanged in police cell

September 22, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

A state medical examiner will perform a toxicology test on the body of Daniel Ray Marsh, 43, who was found hanged in a holding cell at the Westminster state police barracks Monday.

The examination will be conducted to determine if the man, suspected of being a heroin user, was under the influence of drugs when he and a companion were arrested on charges of attempting to break into a house on Mineral Hill Road, police said. Results of the test are expected in about two weeks.

Lt. Greg Shipley, public information officer, said there was no indication of withdrawal from drugs while Mr. Marsh, who lived in Glen Burnie, was at the barracks.

But he said investigators learned the man had told a friend he would commit suicide if he was arrested again.

Mr. Marsh was found hanging in his cell at 4:30 p.m., his belt looped around his neck and tied to a bar of the cell door. He was pronounced dead at Carroll County General Hospital at 5:05 p.m.

Mr. Marsh's companion, William H. McFadden, 47, of Baltimore was charged with attempted breaking and entering and theft and held without bail by a court commissioner.

He was moved yesterday from the detention center to Carroll County General Hospital because he was ill, police said. His condition was listed as fair by a hospital spokeswoman.

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