MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- A 21-year-old man has been charged with third-degree murder after a drug he allegedly provided at a spring break party caused a teen to go into cardiac arrest and die.
Timothy Lamere is accused of supplying the synthetic drug 2C-E at a residence on Monroe Street in Blaine, where the party occurred.
Eleven people went to the hospital and one died.
Nineteen-year-old Trevor Robinson-Davis was dropped off in front of the hospital while he was reacting to the drug. According to the charges, Robinson-Davis reacted to the drug initially with violent behavior -- punching walls, breaking items and yelling.
An autopsy was performed on Robinson-Davis which attributed his death to a cardiac arrest associated with the presence of drugs in the 2C category. Preliminary results also noted no pre-existing natural disease could've explained his death.
Jake Kruse also went to the hospital after taking the drug that night. He said everyone who attended that party had just planned on a night of drinking. The plan changed when Lamere arrived and offered the drug, he said. Kruse also said people at the party took far more than a usual hit.
"You only need a few milligrams. We did decent size lines probably 15 milligrams, on a guesstimate. People snorted it," Kruse said.
The criminal complaint states 8.9 grams of 2C-E were found in a bottle in Lamere's pocket at the scene.
When Lamere heads to court, Hamline law professor Joe Daly does not expect a quick conviction for the death of Robinson.
"I don't know how to predict what's going to happen," he said. "The key words are 'eminently dangerous.'"
Daly said for a third-degree murder conviction, the prosecution will have to show that Lamere's actions were eminently dangerous, showing no regard for human life.
"I know it sounds like lawyer talk, it is, but it means a lot to the guy accused," said Daly.
There is the chance the prosecution will also try to prove that 2C-E is actually an illegal drug. The Anoka County Sheriff's Office said even though the designer drug is not named as a controlled substance, its chemical structure is basically the same.
"All they have to prove is it's a schedule one drug," said Daly.
Daly believes that could make the difference in the case.
"If they can prove that, they don't have to worry about eminent danger," he said. "I think this case will be a landmark case in terms of these synthetic drugs."
Sen. Amy Klobuchar will introduce legislation to ban 2C-E.
for more features.