Man indicted in overdose death of Springfield woman

A man has been indicted on charges connected with the overdose death of a Springfield woman.

Gerald Cupp, 46, has been charged in Clark County Common Pleas Court with involuntary manslaughter. Cupp is accused of buying drugs for Ashley Parr. Parr then overdosed on the drugs, court documents say.

Cupp said in an interview with the Springfield News-Sun that he didn’t buy the drugs and is innocent of the charges.

“They have it all backward,” Cupp told the News-Sun.

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Clark County Prosecutor Andy Wilson said charging people in connection with overdose deaths is part of fighting the drug epidemic.

“Part of fighting the opioid epidemic is holding dealers and people who provide others with dangerous drugs accountable,” Wilson said. “If law enforcement is able to find evidence that you provided drugs for someone and that person dies from using those drugs, you are going to be prosecuted for your role in causing that death.”

The Clark County grand jury met this week and also returned the following indictments:

Krysta N. Durden, 18: two counts of theft.

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Clifton Ferguson, 32, 3775 E. Ohio 29 in Mechanicsburg: possession of cocaine.

Amanda Kaye Summers, 38, 421 N. Shaffer St. in Springfield: two counts of robbery

Thomas Dwayne Joyner Jr, 21, 1122 N. Limestone St. in Springfield: robbery

Charles Potter, 51: having weapons under disability.

Vincent Nicholas Risner, 27, 241½ Chestnut, Apt. B: breaking and entering.

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Luke D. Ferris, 32, 5230 Troy Road: illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the grounds of a specified governmental facility, aggravated possession of drugs, aggravated possession of drugs.

Edward Lee Sims, 63, 223 N. Greenmount Ave. in Springfield: failure to appear

Raymond David Scott, 20, 406 W. Liberty St. in Springfield: breaking and entering

Miles K. Ball, 31: robbery

Gyasi L. Brantley, 37, 475 S. Plum St. in Springfield: trafficking in cocaine, possession of cocaine

Nichole Lynn Sexton, 32, 1003 W. Lake Ave. in New Carlisle: aggravated possession of drugs.

Ernest Donnan Ewers, 33: five counts of breaking and entering and receiving stolen property.

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Andre Mitchell, 29, 322 Fremont Ave. in Springfield: two counts of aggravated burglary and two counts of domestic violence.

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