UPDATE: Shaffer Found Guilty of All Charges for Drug Delivery Resulting in Death

mark-shafferCLEARFIELD, Pa. (GANT) – A jury deliberated for approximately one hour Tuesday evening before finding a man guilty of all charges for providing the heroin that resulted in another man’s death back in July of 2014.

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Mark D. Shaffer, 46, of Reynoldsville, was found guilty of 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.

The charges stemmed from July 18-19, 2014 when Shaffer provided the victim who was highly intoxicated with a stamp bag of heroin at the campground at the Curwensville Moose. It resulted in the victim’s overdose death, according to previously published GANT news reports.

Dr. Harry Kamerow, the pathologist who conducted the autopsy on the victim on July 21, 2014, took the stand first when the commonwealth continued presenting its case Tuesday. Kamerow said he was contacted by Clearfield County Coroner Michael Morris to perform the autopsy, which was done at the Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Kamerow said he was advised it was believed the victim had suffered a drug overdose and possibly on heroin. He explained that heroin quickly metabolizes into morphine via 6-monoacetylmorphine.

As a result, Kamerow said it was important for the primary blood sample to be from that drawn closest to the time of the use of heroin. For this case, he said Morris retrieved the blood and urine samples from Clearfield Penn Highlands Hospital to be sent for laboratory testing at NMS Labs.

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