Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Man Faces Manslaughter Charge In Death Of Climber

A federal grand jury has indicted David DiPaolo, 31, on charges of voluntary manslaughter in connection with the death of a man in Carderock, an area within the park. According to the indictment and other court documents, the victim, another climber, was found on a trail in Carderock with massive head injuries.

The indictment alleges that after arguing with the victim, DiPaolo killed him by repeatedly striking him in the head with a blunt object. DiPaolo was arrested by New York State Police officers on January 8th and had an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Albany, New York. He was then transported to Maryland by U.S. marshals. DiPaolo faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter.

The United States Attorney praised U.S. Park Police personnel for their work in the investigation.

For full press release visit: http://www.justice.gov/usao/md/news/2014/IndictmentReturnedForMurderInNationalParkInMaryland.html

For a related Washington Post article, http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/climber-charged-with-killing-friend-with-claw-hammer-in-national-park-in-bethesda/2014/01/14/33cbc3f8-7d32-11e3-95c6-0a7aa80874bc_story.html