Detention hearing continued in case of fatal heroin dose

February 23, 2010

A detention hearing will continue today in the federal case against Mark Alan Bryan, a Washington County man who is accused of selling a fatal dose of heroin to a Hagerstown college student in 2008. Bryan, 22, of Maugansville was arrested this month on federal charges of conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine, as well as drug distribution resulting in death. A detention hearing began Monday afternoon, but was held over after the judge determined that too many facts were in dispute to continue in the allotted time. Prosecutors claim Bryan confessed to selling drugs and that he tried to kill himself this month. The defense says he's not suicidal and questions whether any of his statements are legally admissible as evidence.

- Tricia Bishop

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