Trial charging alleged drug distributors with man’s death delayed

WHEELING – The federal trial for two Wellsburg residents accused of causing a man’s death by providing him heroin has been continued to Aug. 20.

Curtis J. Adams, 28, and Justin A. Withers, 28, both of Wellsburg, are charged with allegedly delivering heroin that caused the death of a 22-year-old Follansbee man. They are facing up to life in prison if convicted.

Chris Zumpetta-Parr, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia, said the defendants filed a motion for a continuance. But she would not disclose why they wanted the trial, originally slated for April 9, to be delayed.

According to a copy of the indictment, Adams and Withers allegedly gave the victim heroin in exchange for gold and jewelry on March 22, 2011. The case became a federal matter when the men allegedly traveled to Steubenville to purchase the heroin and then back to Brooke County, where it was distributed to the victim. The interstate travel charge could add another five years in prison.

”Whenever we can prove who provided the drugs that caused a drug overdose death, then we’re going to be very aggressive in prosecuting those who are responsible,” U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said.