Drug Death

MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) – An attorney has entered a not guilty plea to second-degree manslaughter on behalf of his teenage client, who’s accused of giving his friend a drink laced with drugs.

Police say 18-year-old Ethan Edwards gave 17-year-old Adam Steven Hogarty a drink in August containing morphine, codeine and the depressant benzodiazepine. The commonwealth alleges that Edwards wantonly disregarded the danger to Hogarty’s life when he provided him the drink.

Edwards was arraigned Monday and appeared on video link from the Graves County Jail, where he remained under a $10,000 cash bond.

Edwards’ attorney, Royce Buck, tells The Paducah Sun that Edwards is being touted as a drug dealer and that nothing could be further from the truth.

Edwards is also charged with trafficking in opiates, selling a controlled substance to a minor and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.