Suspected drug dealer pleads not guilty in overdose death case
August 30, 2011
The man suspected of selling a fatal dose of heroin to a 19-year-old Issaquah High School graduate pleaded not guilty to a drug homicide charge Aug. 18.
Prosecutors said Adam F. Pepka, 20, sold the heroin Zachary Lyter injected May 3. Investigators said Lyter later died from a heroin overdose. Lyter’s father discovered the former Issaquah High football player dead at the Bellevue home they shared the next day.
Pepka’s case-setting hearing is scheduled for Sept. 1.
The suspected dealer faces a charge for controlled substances homicide, a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison and up to a $20,000 fine. Under state law, a controlled substances homicide is treated similar to manslaughter.
In order to convict Pepka, prosecutors must prove he sold the fatal dose of heroin to Lyter. Investigators said Pepka continued to sell heroin after learning about Lyter’s death from a 17-year-old girl.