Autopsy report delays trial in synthetic drug case

  • Updated: October 28, 2011 - 9:45 PM

The trial for Timothy LaMere, accused of supplying a synthetic drug that killed a man at a Blaine party, has been delayed pending a final autopsy report.

LaMere's attorney asked for the continuance at a pretrial hearing Friday because the defense and the prosecution are awaiting results of further toxicology tests checking for the presence of a drug in the blood or tissues of Trevor Robinson, who allegedly took 2C-E at the party in March and died hours later. Ten others also took the drug and became ill.

LaMere's trial was to start Nov. 14, but Anoka County District Judge Alan Pendleton put it on hold indefinitely. The next pretrial hearing will be Nov. 30.

LaMere, who is charged with felony third-degree murder, is accused of supplying 2C-E to Robinson at the March party. According to preliminary autopsy reports, Robinson died from cardiac arrest attributed to toxicity associated with the presence of drugs in the "2C" family.

LaMere, 21, has been in jail since March.

Earlier this month, the U.S. attorney's office sent county prosecutor Paul Young a letter outlining a potential plea agreement that would forgo federal drug charges against LaMere if he agreed to spend nearly 10 years behind bars and help authorities pursue other potential targets in the case. Young said he hasn't discussed the letter with Brad Zunker, LaMere's attorney.


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