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Akron man facing charges in Stow women's OD deaths

From Staff Reports Published: January 29, 2017 12:00 AM
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An Akron man has been arrested and charged in connection with the overdose deaths of two Stow women.

On Jan. 24, officers from the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Vernell Lavon Curry, 28, of Akron, on charges of involuntary manslaughter and drug trafficking in connection with the June 2016 deaths of the two Stow women.

Acording to Stow Police Lt. Anne Stirm, the investigation by the Stow Police Department began on June 21, 2016, when Abigail Hackett, 22, and Sara White, 25, both of Stow, were found deceased in Ms. Hackett's apartment. At that time, indications were present that the women had died within moments of each other from a suspected drug overdose. On Oct. 24, the Summit County Medical Examiner's office released its Report of Investigation for both victims. The cause of death for both women was listed as acute fentanyl toxicity.

ATM receipts helped to develop a timeline of victim activities leading up to their deaths. Further investigation developed a suspect who was eventually identified as Curry and charges were authorized.

Curry was arrested, booked at the Stow Police Department, and transported to Summit County Jail. He is facing two first-degree involuntary manslaughter charges and a fifth-degree drug trafficking charge.

At his video arraignment on Jan. 25, he did not enter a plea to the charges. A felony status hearing is set for Feb. 2 in Stow Municipal Court before Judge Kim Hoover. As of press time, Curry remains in the Summit County Jail on a bond of 10 percent of $150,000.


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