Hearing delayed for man accused of administering fatal dosage

The hearing for an Ann Arbor man accused of injecting a college student with a lethal dose of heroin has been postponed. The 20-year-old man is accused of killing a 20-year-old University of Michigan music student.

According to authorities, a roommate found the man unresponsive in his bedroom at a house the roommates rented on the 100 Block of West Madison. Rescue workers were unable to resuscitate him, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Police officers reportedly found a bag of white powder, a razor blade and a rolled up $20 bill on the deceased's desk.

An autopsy revealed that the deceased had unusually high levels of THC, cocaine and heroin in his system and ruled his death an accident. At the time of his death, the decedent himself was facing charges for supplying heroin that led to an overdose of a fellow U-M music student. He was working with officers to reduce his charges.

An investigation revealed that the man exchanged text messages with the defendant the day before and the day of his death. According to authorities, the defendant stated that he wanted to be the go-to drug dealer for U-M students in one of the text messages. Officers obtained a four-count warrant to search the defendant's home and uncovered items of suspected narcotics, including packaging materials and scales.

When police officers obtain search warrants for drug crimes, they must be specific and reasonable. An attorney may push for a reduction of the defendant's charges by advocating for a plea bargain with the prosecution.

Source: Michigan Live, 'Man charged with delivering fatal dose of heroin said he wanted to be go-to dealer for U-M students", John Counts, Oct. 15, 2014

Source: MLive, " Man accused of delivering fatal dose of heroin to U-M student has hearing adjourned", John Counts, November 06, 2014