- The Enterprise
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St. Mary’s sheriff’s investigators suspect that a man found dead Monday at his Leonardtown residence succumbed after taking drugs, the day after he witnessed his girlfriend’s death from a drug overdose at the same home.
“We believe there was some type of controlled substance involved,” sheriff’s Capt. Daniel Alioto said Tuesday.
The body of the 34-year-old man who died Monday was taken to the Maryland state medical examiner’s office in Baltimore for an autopsy, and those results now are being awaited by the detectives from the sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division and Vice/Narcotics Division.
“It will be weeks before we get any kind of toxicology [results] back,’’ the sheriff’s captain said.
Maryland State Police are handling the investigation of the 29-year-old woman’s death on Sunday evening. Neither of the deceased people’s names were released.
Alioto said the two deaths this week occurred at the same address on Lawrence Avenue in Leonardtown that was the focus of an investigation leading to the indictment in April of a Leonardtown woman, charged with second-degree murder in a drug overdose death last winter.
St. Mary’s grand jurors indicted Lena Michelle King, 20, on the murder charge from the death last January of John Cleveland Jr., who was taken to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital from an apartment on Lawrence Avenue, according to police reports. The indictment alleges that King, living at another location in the town, administered morphine and heroin to Cleveland the previous day, and a prosecutor said that Cleveland was dead from the injections into his hand when he arrived at the hospital.
King remains in pretrial custody, with authorization to be placed in inpatient counseling, as she awaits a trial on the murder charge in August.