Jul 3, 2012 7:38 PM by Alyse Rzemek

No charges in death of teen high on 'bath salts'

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - No criminal charges will be filed in the case of a Grand Junction teenager who was high on synthetic drugs called "bath salts" when he was strangled to death by a friend who was trying to subdue him.

Prosecutors say 19-year-old Daniel J. Richards was acting violently and was put in a choke hold at an April 10 house party. The Daily Sentinel reports Richards appeared to fall asleep and his friends took him to a hospital, where he died.

Mesa County District Attorney Pete Hautzinger said at a news conference Tuesday that charges would have been filed if Richards was put in a choke hold and "wasn't being violent or tweaked out on drugs." The prosecutor added that there was nothing reckless or negligent about trying to get the teen under control.


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