Drug Cocktail Brings Dealer Freedom
Posted by Childress on May 30, 2006
Most states now have laws that allow a dealer to be charged if someone they sell drugs to dies from those drugs. Here's a case where the user's extremely bad decisions regarding drugs resulted in the dealer getting a walk.
LAFAYETTE (LA) – An appeal court has overturned the manslaughter conviction of a Lafayette man accused of supplying a fatal dose of OxyContin to an Erath teenager. Roland Chambers, 37, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in the March 2003 death of 17-year-old Ryan Cassidy.
Vermilion Parish prosecutors alleged that Chambers sold an 80 milligram tablet of the painkiller to another man who gave it to Cassidy and a friend, but the state 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal ruled this week that there was insufficient evidence to show that the tablet Chambers sold was directly responsible for Cassidy's death.
Under state law, a person who sells drugs to another person who dies from an overdose can face homicide charges. Prosecutors, however, must prove that the drugs in question were the direct cause of death.
The 10-page appeals court opinion noted that Cassidy's autopsy revealed the presence of several other drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, Ecstasy and valium.
Quite a lot of drugs to have your system at one time, eh? Cassidy's drug-greed not only cost him his life, it set free the person who very well may have given him the drug that put him over the top … and into his grave.