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Indictment Returned For Murder In National Park In Maryland

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland

Virginia Man Faces Manslaughter Charge for Death of Climber in Carderock

Greenbelt, Maryland - A federal grand jury has indicted David DiPaolo, age 31, of Bristow, Virginia, on charges of voluntary manslaughter in connection with the death of a person in Carderock, an area within the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. The indictment was returned on January 29, 2014. DiPaolo is scheduled to have an initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles B. Day, in Courtroom 2A, U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Maryland, at 3:30 p.m.

The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Acting Chief of Police Robert MacLean of the U.S. Park Police.

According to the indictment and other court documents, on December 28, 2013, the victim was found on a trail in Carderock with massive head injuries. The indictment alleges that after arguing with the victim, DiPaolo killed the victim by repeatedly striking the victim in the head with a blunt object. DiPaolo was arrested by New York State Police on January 8, 2014, and had an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Albany, New York. DiPaolo was transported to Maryland by U.S. Marshals.

DiPaolo faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the U.S. Park Police for its work in the investigation and thanked the New York State Police, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York, and the U.S. Marshals Service for their assistance. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Mara Zusman Greenberg, who is prosecuting the case.

Updated January 26, 2015