Man avoids murder charge from drug death in Houlton

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff
Posted Jan. 21, 2009, at 9:48 p.m.

HOULTON, Maine — Though a Cary man is accused of providing drugs to a local man who died last week from an apparent overdose, investigators do not believe he intended for the other man to die, according to a prosecutor.

That is why David Goodall, 25, has not been charged with murder in the death of Clayton Codrey, Aroostook County Assistant District Attorney Patrick Gordon said Wednesday.

“In order to charge someone with murder, we have to show there was some kind of intent,” Gordon said. “We simply don’t believe that is the case” in Codrey’s death.

Goodall has been charged with aggravated unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs because he is suspected of providing Codrey with up to 100 milligrams of liquid methadone that Codrey ingested the night before he was found dead in a Military Street apartment. Codrey was unresponsive when his girlfriend tried to wake him around 7:20 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, according to police.

Houlton Police Chief Butch Asselin said Wednesday that the drug charge is a Class A felony, which still could result in Goodall serving a prison term of up to 30 years if he is convicted. Codrey’s death is what makes the charge filed against Goodall an aggravated offense, he said.

Asselin said his department was mistaken when it released a statement last week indicating Goodall had been charged with murder. He said the incorrect information was the result of miscommunication between his department and the local district attorney’s office.

“Something got lost in translation,” Asselin said about conversations between the two offices. “I don’t know what happened there. I think it was an honest mistake.”

Codrey also is believed by investigators to have ingested several doses of Xanax the night before he died. Further charges could be pending, depending on the outcome of toxicology tests being conducted by the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta, according to police. The results of those tests aren’t expected to be completed for another couple of weeks, police have said.

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