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Two Men Indicted on Manslaughter Charges in Ocean City Homicide

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Caleb Edwin-Earl Ochse and Christopher Blake Kendall Caleb Edwin-Earl Ochse and Christopher Blake Kendall
SNOW HILL, Md. - Authorities say two Ocean City men have been indicted on manslaughter charges for allegedly killing a Pennsylvania man in Ocean City, Md.

The Grand Jury in Worcester County returned indictments charging Christopher B. Kendall and Caleb E. Ochse, both of Ocean City, on Sept. 2 with manslaughter among other criminal charges. Police say the indictment charges both men with manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, affray, disorderly conduct, and consuming an alcoholic beverage to the point of endangering others.

Ocean City police said the charges stem from an incident that happened shortly after 3 a.m. Aug. 24, in Ocean City, when officers found 37-year-old Justin Daniel Cancelliere, of North Whitehall, Pa., unconscious and unresponsive in the parking lot of the Plim Plaza Hotel on North Atlantic Avenue.

Ocean City Police Department spokesperson Lindsay O'Neal said the incident did not occur in the parking lot.

"It actually occurred at the corner of Talbot Street and Baltimore, but the people that he was with went to the Plim Plaza and that's where they called in 911," O'Neal said.

Police said Cancelliere was taken to Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin for treatment and was later pronounced dead. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Maryland ruled the cause of Cancelliere's death a homicide.

Prosecutors with the Worcester County State's Attorney's Office said that on Monday, Kendall appeared in court for a bond hearing in which the state asked for his pre-trial bond to be set at $200,000. Prosecutors say the judge noted the seriousness of the charges and ordered that Kendall be held on a $100,000 bond.

Police said Ochse has been detained at the Worcester County Jail since Aug. 26 on a $400,000 bond due to the seriousness of the charges as well as his prior criminal history.

State's Attorney for Worcester County, Beau Oglesby commented, "While we can never discuss the details of an ongoing criminal proceeding, I can assure everyone that this Office will never cease being zealous advocates for the victims of crime."

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