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Robert Ethan Saylor: No charges to be filed in Saylor's death

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP/ABC7) - No charges will be filed against three Frederick County deputies in connection with the in custody death of Robert Saylor.

"Tthe grand jury's decision was that they felt no further investigation was necessary," said State's Attorney J. Charles Smith during a Friday afternoon press conference.

Twenty-six-year-old Robert Ethan Saylor of New Market suffocated to death Jan. 12 at the Westview Stadium 16 cinema. The Frederick County Sheriff's Office says three deputies, moonlighting as security officers, were trying to forcibly remove him from the theatre after he refused to leave and became disruptive.

An autopsy showed Saylor died of asphyxiation brought on by his Down syndrome. The medical examiner ruled his death a homicide, but the grand jury found no evidence to charge the deputies.

"None of the deputies hit or kicked Mr. Saylor or used any force to the neck or head of Mr. Saylor,' said Smith. "The only police equipment utilized by the deputies was handcuffs."

Baltimore attorney Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum, the lawyer representing Saylor's family, says they are disappointed with the grand jury's decision. The family is also troubled that the Frederick County Sheriff's Office investigated its own officers, Krevor-Weisbaum added.

She says the family wants to review the investigative file and autopsy report before deciding how to proceed.

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