State Supreme Court clarifies proper venue in drug-related death

MONROE, Mich. (AP) — A man accused of providing drugs that led to a fatal overdose won’t face charges in the county where the death occurred.

The Michigan Supreme Court agreed with Romon McBurrows and said Monroe County is the wrong venue.

Nicholas Abraham died at home in Monroe County in December 2016, but he obtained heroin mixed with fentanyl earlier in Wayne County. McBurrows is charged
with providing the deadly mix. He’s pleaded not guilty.

The court’s unanimous opinion Monday was written by Justice Elizabeth Clement. She says, “The mere fact that a death was felt in a county does not make that county the proper venue.”

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