FREDERICK — A federal court is refusing to order a new trial for a Frederick County sheriff’s deputy cleared of liability in the stun-gun-related death of a Frederick man.
The Frederick News-Post reports that U.S. District Judge William Quarles Jr. rejected the motion filed by Jarrel Gray’s parents in a ruling filed Wednesday in Baltimore.
A jury found in January that Cpl. Rudy Torres didn’t use excessive force against the 20-year-old man by shocking him twice.
An autopsy report listed the cause of death as undetermined, associated with restraint and alcohol intoxication.
Gray’s parents claimed the verdict contradicted the weight of the evidence. They said their intoxicated son posed no threat lying face-down and unresponsive after the first jolt from Torres’ stun gun.