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Trial date set for controlled substance homicide

WALLA WALLA, Washington — A man and woman, both from Walla Walla, charged with controlled substance homicide in connection with a February 2018 death in College Place, pled not guilty to amended charges Monday afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court. Their trial is scheduled for Oct. 14.

Adam Richard Sellers, 40, and Amanda Joy Geoghegan, 35, are alleged to have knowingly and unlawfully delivered heroin to Brandon R. Brown, 30, resulting is his death. Brown was found slumped over in a vehicle in the College Place Del Taco parking lot on the afternoon of February 6, 2018.

On Monday, the Walla Walla County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged the pair with controlled substance homicide within 1,000 feet of the perimeter of a school grounds; violation of the uniform controlled substance act, delivery of heroin within 1,000 feet of the perimeter of a school grounds; and selling a controlled substance for profit within 1,000 feet of the perimeter of a school grounds.

Court documents include an analysis of texts on Brown’s phone, which indicated he was getting heroin from Sellers and Geoghegan. The phone also showed that the trio exchanged several texts to arrange meetings and delivery of heroin. On the day of Brown’s death, investigators allege that Sellers delivered heroin to Brown, with Geoghegan assisting in setting up the deal.

After Sellers allegedly made that delivery to the Del Taco parking lot, surveillance video shows Brown never left. The coroner’s and pathologist’s reports indicate that Brown died of an opiate overdose.

DNA analysis was obtained from Brown, Sellers and Geoghegan and samples were sent to the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab along with two syringes found on Brown. The results found that both Brown and Sellers were possible contributors of the DNA on one of the syringes. Geoghegan was excluded as a donor.

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