Drug-related death leads to murder charge

Posted Jan. 16, 2009, at 9:36 p.m.

HOULTON, Maine — As a result of an investigation into the apparent fatal overdose of a local man earlier this week, David Goodall, 25, of Cary has been arrested and charged with murder and aggravated unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs, according to Houlton police.

Responding to a call of a drug overdose at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at an apartment on Military Street, police and rescue personnel found the body of 26-year-old Clayton Codrey lying on the floor next to his bed, according to Police Chief Butch Asselin.

Police officers at the scene determined that Codrey had ingested 10 to 20 doses of Xanax and up to 100 milligrams of methadone in liquid form at some point before going to bed about 8 p.m. Monday, Asselin said in a news release Friday.

Codrey’s girlfriend, Durene Jones, 39, of Houlton, found him unresponsive at 7:20 the next morning and called 911 about an hour later, after attempts were made to resuscitate Codrey, according to the release.

With the help of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, Houlton police processed the scene and interviewed people who had been at the apartment Monday night and Tuesday morning. After their investigation, Houlton police arrested Goodall, who remained incarcerated Friday at the Aroostook County Correctional Facility in Houlton pending arraignment, according to Asselin.

Police have also summoned Brandy Hartt, 21, of Benedicta in connection with the case for unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs, the release said. It added that she is hospitalized, but did not specify for what or where.

Another arrest is expected, pending a toxicology report from the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta, where Codrey’s body was taken, Asselin said. That report likely won’t be available for two to three weeks.

“Codrey’s death was unfortunate and tragic but most importantly, it was totally preventable,” Asselin said in the news release. He added that “people have to be held accountable for their criminal actions particularly when there is injury or death involved.”

He said the case was put together quickly because of the efforts of Detective Carolyn Crandall and Officers Jared Sylvia and Kristin Calaman of the Houlton Police Department, the help of MDEA Special Agent Shawn Gillen and the cooperation of the District Attorney’s Office.

Asselin expects the case will be brought before the next grand jury.

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