Goshen – An Orange County Court judge yesterday dismissed a drug case against a Newburgh man who died after being arrested by city police on July 8.
An indictment naming Nathaniel Cobbs, 25, of Newburgh, was unsealed in County Court yesterday. Prosecutor Matt Healey immediately asked Judge Nicholas DeRosa to dismiss the felony sale and possession charges in the interest of justice, and DeRosa agreed.
The indictment was one in a series that have led to nearly 70 arrests in Newburgh over the last three weeks. The grand jury indicted Cobbs on June 21, but the indictment remained under seal until yesterday.
On July 8, Cobbs’ girlfriend said he appeared to be high on PCP, threatened to kill her and threw things around their home before he was arrested. He later died at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital. An autopsy found that a combination of heart trouble and drugs likely caused his death.
Cobbs’ family disputes the official version and questions whether police used excessive force in arresting him.