Heroin overdose results in murder charge

RIPLEY, W.Va. —  Jackson County authorities have arrested a Greenbrier County man on murder charges following an overdose death.

Police say Casey Cantrell, 40, of Frankford dropped off Shannon Saffer, 29, at Jackson General Hospital back on Tuesday morning.  Saffer had suffered an overdose of heroin and died moments after he was brought to the facility and Cantrell left.  Deputies were able to track down Cantrell at his Greenbrier County home.

Cantrell admitted he brought the drugs from Greenbrier County to Ravenswood where he, Saffer, and Saffer’s brother all took the drugs.  He said he was promised a carton of cigarettes and $15 for the heroin according to the criminal complaint.

Under West Virginia code when somebody dies in the commission of a felony, the person committing the felony can be charged with murder.  Deputies also charged the victim’s brother, Patrick Saffer, with obstruction since he was with Cantrell when his brother was dropped off at the hospital.

Cantrell remains at the South Central Regional Jail while Patrick Saffer is free on bond.

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