Thursday, October 27, 2016

Edmonton police lay first manslaughter charge in a fentanyl overdose death

Jordan Yarmey
A first-of-its kind manslaughter charge in connection to a fatal fentanyl overdose has been laid by Edmonton police. Homicide detectives charged Jordan Yarmey, 25, with manslaughter in connection to the death of Szymon Kalich, 33.

Kalich was found dead in a hallway of an apartment building on January 27. Following autopsy and toxicology testing, it was determined that he died of a fentanyl overdose.

Szymon Kalich
If police can prove the dealer knew they were trafficking a controlled substance – in this case it was fentanyl – and a reasonable person at the time knew that the controlled substance was likely to cause bodily harm, and the controlled substance caused death, this satisfies the elements of a criminal manslaughter charge.

In the first six months of 2016, 43 people died of fentanyl linked overdoses in Edmonton, out of a total 153 deaths across the province. Alberta Health said the number of overdose deaths has risen dramatically.

Gwynevere Staddon, 16, died of a suspected fentanyl overdose on Aug. 7.
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