Man facing heroin homicide charge to appear in court

June 26, 2012

By Staff

Adam F. Pepka, a man accused of selling a fatal dose of heroin to a 19-year-old Issaquah High School graduate, is due in King County Superior Court for a hearing June 27.

No trial date has been set in the case.

Prosecutors said Pepka sold the heroin Zachary Lyter injected May 3, 2011. 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.

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.

Pepka pleaded not guilty to the charge in August.

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