Gant Daily: Trial Under Way for Brookville Man Accused of ‘Drug Delivery Resulting in Death’

mark-shafferCLEARFIELD, Pa. (GANT) – A trial is underway for a man accused of providing the heroin that resulted in another man’s overdose death in July of 2014 on Monday before President Judge Fredric Ammerman in Clearfield County Court.

Mark D. Shaffer, 46, of Brookville has been charged with manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver; drug delivery resulting in death; involuntary manslaughter; recklessly endangering another person; and intentional possession of a controlled substance.

A woman who was the victim’s girlfriend at the time testified first on behalf of the commonwealth. She said on July 18, 2014, she went camping with the victim at their campsite at the Curwensville Moose. She said they stopped to eat at Curwensville Days and then headed to their campsite afterward.

According to her, she and the victim had built a fire and began to consume alcohol. She said around 7 p.m. or 7:30 p.m., the victim had phone contact with Shaffer, who wanted them to pick him up on Anderson Creek Hill and take him up to their campsite.

After returning to the campsite, she and the victim consumed more alcohol. She wasn’t certain if Shaffer had consumed alcohol due to it being dark out. Around 10:30 p.m. she said the victim wanted to take Shaffer to the Curwensville Moose Club and asked if she wanted to go along with them.

The woman said she told the victim she was going to bed and asked them not to go anywhere other than the Curwensville Moose Club. She said the victim and Shaffer went to the social club for drinks. The woman said she was later awoken during the early-morning hours of July 19, 2014 when she heard Shaffer yelling the victim’s name outside.

She testified that she got up and ran outside, where Shaffer told her something was wrong with the victim. She said the victim was in the passenger’s side of her vehicle and unresponsive. When she opened the door she said the victim fell out onto the ground.

The woman said that Shaffer called 9-1-1 and handed her the phone to speak with the dispatcher. While speaking on the phone with the dispatcher, she began to perform chest compressions on the victim who showed no movement. The woman said by that time, Shaffer had left the scene.

She said that she continued to perform chest compressions on the victim until emergency personnel arrived at the scene and took over.

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