More on the tragic case of Marland Woods, the 32-year-old gay Toledo man who was"kicked and stomped in the head" across the street from a gay bar. Woods was hospitalized and died of head injuries nearly a week later. Prosecutors charged 20-year-old Norman Corggens with felonious assault and hours later he walked out of jail on his recognizance. The Lucas County deputy coroner has ruled Woods death was a homicide.
Toledo Deputy Police Chief Don Kenney told the Blade detectives were awaiting the coroner's report "to make sure [his death] was attributed to the assault and then it's normally presented to a grand jury." Sources tell Rod 2.0 that prosecutors are developing the case for the grand jury.
On the night of December 13, one of Woods' friends was involved in a fight at Caesar’s Show Bar. After the crowd was ejected, witnesses say Woods crossed the street and was later viciously attacked by a man who "kicked and stomped on his head." Authorities will not say if the suspect was connected to the bar brawl, or, if this was a random attack. Police say "there is no indication" this was a hate crime.
Woods had a 10-year domestic partnership and a commitment ceremony in September. Friends and family held a vigil at the scene of the crime. Watch the video and hear from family and his partner AFTER THE JUMP.