FROM STAFF REPORTS
BURNET — A Burnet County grand jury has indicted a suspect who allegedly gave a man illegal drugs, leading to his death, officials say.
Dallas Wood, 19, of Burnet faces a charge of delivery of a controlled substance causing the death of a person, a third-degree felony. It’s punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. This is the third such case in Burnet.
Wood was arrested April 12 after the grand jury indictment, documents show.
The investigation unfolded in May 2014 after Burnet police found 36-year-old Matthew Cain dead of a methamphetamine overdose at the Northgate Apartments, located in the 100 block of Northgate Circle.
“Through the investigation of that, it was determined the deceased had taken too much narcotics and passed away. Methamphetamine was part of it. It was mixed with some other stuff, too,” Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson said. “Through that investigation, through witnesses, it was determined that the defendant, Mr. Wood, had delivered narcotics to the deceased.”
Since 2011, Burnet investigators have had two other cases with similar circumstances.
In October 2012, authorities found 18-year-old Burnet High School senior Darlene Jackson dead of a heroin overdose in her home.
Kyley Denton Wills, 25, and Paige Amanda Moffett, 24, were indicted on a charge of third-degree manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance causing the death of a person in connection with the case.
According to court documents, Wills entered a guilty plea in June 2015 and was sentenced to five years in prison.
Moffett is still awaiting trial but remains under indictment, according to court documents.
In December 2011, 21-year-old Charles Caleb Christiansen died of a methadone overdose.
Prosecutors alleged 44-year-old Joe Daniel Sosa provided the drug. He pleaded guilty to the charge and accepted a 15-year prison term.
“We do have a problem with narcotics in this entire county, not just within the city,” Nelson said. “It’s a sad thing when someone has a problem and someone helps them by delivering drugs to them and causes their death.
“It’s something we’re not going to accept in this community,” he added. “They need to be properly charged.”