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David DiPaolo affidavit

David DiPaolo affidavit

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Affidavit that describes the manslaughter case against David DiPaolo, who is charged with killing rock climber Geoffrey Farrar.
Affidavit that describes the manslaughter case against David DiPaolo, who is charged with killing rock climber Geoffrey Farrar.

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Published by: Pamela Engel on Jan 15, 2014
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AO 91 (Rev. 08/09) Criminal Complaint
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the complainant in this case, state that the fonowing is true to the best of my knowledge and belief.On or about the date(s) of December 28,2013 in the county of Montgomery _______ District of Maryland , the defendant(s) violated:in the
Code Section
18: 1112
Offense Description
Manslaughter This criminal complaint is based on these facts:As set forth
 the attached Affidavitof Investigator Bumbray, there is probable cause to believe that DiPaolo committed manslaughter 
 violation of 18 U.S.C.S 1112 on or about December 28, 2013 in Carderock, Montgomery County,Mar:yland.
 Continued on the attached sheet.
Complainant's signature
Jose Bumbray, Investigator. U.S. Park Police
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Sworn to before me and signed in my presence.City and state:Date:
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WilliamConnelly, Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge
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Jose Bumbray, being first duly sworn, hereby depose and state as folIoYAN
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This affidavit is submitted in support of a criminal complaint ~€R~aMi8'~Ii1i:l?~lo
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("DiPaolo"). As set forth below, there is probable cause to believe that DiPaolo committe
manslaughter in violation of 18 U.S.c.
 1112 on or about December 28, 2013 in Carderock,Montgomery County, Maryland.
Your affiant is a sworn member of the United States Park Police and has been soemployed for approximately eleven and a half (11.5) years. Your affiant is currently assigned tothe Criminal Investigations Branch, Major Crimes Unit, where I have served as a CriminalInvestigator for approximately three and a half (3.5) years.The facts in this affidavit come from my personal observations, my training anexperience, and information obtained from other law enforcement officers, witnesses, anreports. This affidavit is intended to show merely that there is sufficient probable cause for therequested complaint and does not set forth all of my knowledge about this matter.FACTUAL BACKGROUNDOn Saturday, December 28, 2013 at approximately 1351 hours, members of the United States Park Police were dispatched to Carderock, an area within the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park, located along the 8800 block of the Clara Barton Parkway in Bethesda,Montgomery County, Maryland, for the report of an injured person. Carderock is administered  by the National Park Service and is within the primary law enforcement jurisdicti,On of theUnited States Park Police.
Case 8:14-mj-00084-WGC Document 1-1 Filed 01/09/14 Page 1 of 5
Arriving United States Park Police Officers were directed to the scene by MontgomeryCounty Fire Department personnel. The scene was located on a trail at the base of a rock face,along the edge of a Potomac River tributary. The injured person ("victim") was discovered bywitnesses laying on the trail with his head against a wooden beam. The victim was sufferingfrom massive head trauma. The' victim was airlifted to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda,Maryland, where he later died of his injuries.Investigation revealed that approximately one (I) hour pnor to the victim beingdiscovered, a witness ("WI") observed a verbal altercation in the Carderock parking area between the victim and David DiPaolo, a.k.a David Jennings. WI has known the victim and DiPaolo for more than twenty (20) years. After the altercation, DiPaolo returned to the minivan,which at least one witness previously had seen him driving.WI walked with the victim along the path to the top of the rock face. WI and the victimseparated. WI walked to an area at the top of the cliff leaving the victim to walk to the bottom,which is the area where the victim, an experienced rock-climber, would normally climb. WIalong with a second witness ("W2") anchored their respective rock-climbing ropes at the top of the rock face. This took approximately fifteen (15) minutes.After the ropes had been secured, WI peered over the edge of the rock face in order tocheck the ropes and did not see anyone at the bottom. WI and W2 then walked from their location at the top of the rock face to the bottom of the rock face, which is approximately a three(3) minute walk.When they reached the bottom of the rock face, WI and W2 both observed DiPaolorunning up the trail. W2 has also known DiPaolo for a considerable amount of time. WI called DiPaolo by name as DiPaolo ran past WI on the trail. DiPaolo did not respond.
Case 8:14-mj-00084-WGC Document 1-1 Filed 01/09/14 Page 2 of 5

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