A man accused of selling a fatal hit of heroin to a Bellefontaine man pleaded guilty as part of a deal before his trial was set to start Tuesday morning, the first time Logan County has pursued charges in an overdose death.
Dominique B. Woodum, of Montgomery County, accepted the charge of corrupting another with drugs, a second degree felony, according to Logan County Prosecutor Eric Stewart. Woodum was sentenced to eight years in prison.
He was accused of selling heroin to Eric Pooler, who then fatally overdosed on Nov. 30, 2016, according to court documents. His body was allegedly later moved to another location and was found three days later in his pickup truck.
Woodum was originally charged with involuntary manslaughter, tampering with evidence, abuse of a corpse and possession of cocaine.
This case was the first criminal charges for the county involving fatal overdoses, the prosecutor said.
“There’s going to be accountability,” Stewart said. “We are going to enforce the law.”
Pooler was brought to Morgan Brown’s apartment on Sandusky Avenue by Whitney Davis on Nov. 30, according to court document. He called her to ask if she had any pain pills, according to court documents. She didn’t, court records say, but allegedly told him Woodum had heroin available.
Pooler informed Woodum he didn’t have any money “but will get you back,” according to court records, then took two hits of drugs. Pooler overdosed soon after in Brown’s apartment and later died, court records say.
Later Woodum and Davis allegedly removed Pooler’s body from Brown’s apartment, according to court records, put him into his truck, drove it and reportedly left it on Township Road 219 West. Pooler was found three days later by a Logan County deputy.
Both Davis and Brown’s charges include complicity to involuntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence. Both are awaiting trial.
The victim’s father, Larry Pooler, described his son as kind, considerate and loved by his family.
“He was a strong young man,” Larry Pooler said.
The family would have preferred he receive more time in prison and isn’t looking forward to possibly two more trials.
“We are going to have to do this twice more now,” he said.
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