A Proctor man made his first court appearance Thursday on charges stemming from a December 2018 overdose death in Duluth, while police arrested a second suspect charged in the case.
Jacob Jordan Johnson, 26, of Proctor and Jamie Philanders McNeary, 49, of Duluth are charged with aiding and abetting third-degree murder for their alleged roles in selling heroin to a Duluth man who then overdosed.
Sixth Judicial District Terrence Conkel set Johnson’s bail at $75,000 cash or $150,000 bond, and he is due back in court for an omnibus hearing Feb. 11.
According to criminal complaints filed in State District Court on Wednesday, Johnson told police he arranged heroin deals for the victim a few times a week, connecting him with a dealer.
On Dec. 14, the victim picked up Johnson, who according to the complaint was commonly known to others as “Jake from State Farm.” Johnson used the victim’s phone to call McNeary, also known as “Memphis,” and the three met at the SuperAmerica station at Fourth Street and Sixth Avenue East, now known as Speedway. Johnson told police that McNeary sold $20 worth of heroin to the victim.
McNeary denied to police that he sold heroin to the victim, the complaint states, saying he simply was meeting the victim because he heard the victim was selling his vehicle.
The complaint states the victim returned home about 7:30 p.m. that day and went into the bathroom to take a shower. Three hours later, the victim’s son texted the victim’s girlfriend, saying his dad had been in the bathroom a long time and that he couldn’t get him to wake up. The girlfriend returned home from work and found the victim unresponsive in the bathroom with a syringe nearby.
According to the complaint, an autopsy ruled the victim’s death an accident, and toxicology results indicated the presence of fentanyl and breakdown products of heroin.