Prisoner's Death Ruled Accidental

(Bel Air, MD – September 2, 2008) – The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Maryland has released the cause and manner of death for Justin Eugene Bolden.

The Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the manner of death as accidental as a result of cocaine intoxication, complicated by an airway obstruction of foreign material.

The Circuit Court for Harford County issued a warrant for Bolden’s arrest on Thursday May 29, 2008 for violating his probation. On Friday May 30, 2008 at 8:11 pm, deputies located and arrested Bolden without incident at the WAWA convenience store in the 3500 block of Conowingo Road, Street, MD and transported him to the Harford County Detention Center in Bel Air, MD.

During the booking process, officers conducted a routine, thorough search of Bolden when he became uncooperative and attempted to conceal cocaine that he had hidden on his person. Within moments, Bolden appeared to be in respiratory distress and officers called for an ambulance. While waiting for the ambulance, several officers and medical personnel at the Processing Center rendered aid, attempting to dislodge an obstruction without success.

Bolden was transported by the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Department to the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center where he later died.

News Release

September 02, 2008


  • Sgt. David Betz
  • Monica A. Worrell

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