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Charges thrown out

Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 3:07 pm

On April 4, 2017 a 911 call came into the Sheriff’s Office for a person found unconscious in their residence.

Robert Stephen Auman, 51, of Reedville was found unresponsive by authorities and with no active vital signs. Detective Caleb Smith of the Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office was one of the first to arrive on the scene where he found Auman lying partly in the hallway and the bathroom of his residence. Smith examined Auman for vital signs and testified that his skin was cold to the touch. Smith then secured the scene until the Emergency Medical Team could arrive and do a thorough examination. Auman was declared dead at the scene.  His death was later ruled as an overdose by the state medical examiner’s office.

After a thorough investigation by Detective Todd Jones and Detective Caleb Smith, it was determined that Auman, on the night of his death, had purchased illegal drugs from Joan Marie Parks and Orville H. King III both of Weems.

Dr. Jon K. Dalgleish, a toxicologist with the Department of Forensic Science, testified that the opioids fentanyl, morphine, and hydrocodone were found in Auman’s system. Fentanyl is a highly addictive drug that is used for people with chronic and severe pain and is 100 times stronger than morphine and hydrocodone. It is commonly mixed with heroin and other street drugs to make them more potent.

Parks admitted to selling the drugs to Auman. She told authorities that she and King had gone to purchase the drugs for herself and Auman.

For the full article, pick up the latest Northumberland echo 4/24/19