Update posted September 14 at 11:30 a.m.:
Aurora Police say Adam Kemmerer turned himself in on Tuesday at the Lawrenceburg Police Department. Kemmerer is currently incarcerated at the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center and is being held on a $25,000 cash and $150,000 surety bond.
Original story posted September 12 at 1:47 p.m.:
(Aurora, Ind.) – Aurora Police announced Monday that a North Vernon man has been charged with the drug overdose death of his friend and roommate.
Aurora officers were called to the Valero Road Dog gas station on U.S. 50 last April 27 and arrived to find CPR was being performed on Tyler F. Butler, 24, of North Vernon.
Despite attempts to resuscitate Butler, he later died.
Further investigation into Butler’s death revealed that he had been to Cincinnati to allegedly purchase heroin with two friends. The trio were travelling back to North Vernon when the driver of the car and Butler’s roommate, Adam C. Kemmerer, noticed his roommate was not breathing.
Kemmerer pulled into the gas station, where 911 was called and the CPR began.
Investigators would find that Kemmerer, 24, had allegedly injected himself with heroin at the same time he loaded a syringe and either gave it to Butler or injected him.
Results of Butler’s autopsy were recently returned, stating the official cause of death as a mixed drug overdose. Butler tested positive for Alprazolam, Opiates, Morphine, Codeine, and Ethanol Alcohol, and 6-Monoacetylmorphine, a heroin metabolite detected only after heroin exposure.
With the results known, the Dearborn-Ohio County Prosecutor’s Office opted Monday to charge Kammerer with Reckless Homicide (Class C Felony), Possession of Cocaine or Narcotic Drug (Class D Felony), Maintaining a Common Nuisance (Class D Felony), and Possession of Paraphernalia (Class A Misdemeanor).
Aurora Detective Vernon McBride finished the investigation after the initial report was turned over by Aurora Officers Jon Kolb and Travis Pendergast. Assisting on the scene was the Dillsboro Police Department, Lawrenceburg Police Department, the Aurora Emergency Rescue Unit and Lawrenceburg Emergency Rescue Unit.