SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Prosecutors say a Spartanburg County deputy did nothing wrong in dealing with a suspect who died suddenly at a hospital following a scuffle.

The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reports that prosecutor Barry Barnette wrote about the incident in a letter to the State Law Enforcement Division. Barnette said a pathologist had found that 46-year-old Ansel Dewayne Marlar had heart disease and that his heart became stressed further by the fight, which brought on a heart attack.

Marlar died in April after a scuffle with members of his family and Mary Black Hospital staff. A deputy had handcuffed Marlar shortly before his death, and authorities have said Marlar had hit nurses and security officers before being handcuffed.

An autopsy found no sign of traumatic injury.


Information from: Herald-Journal,