Suspected heroin dealer faces homicide charge

August 16, 2011

Issaquah graduate died from drug overdose

King County prosecutors have filed a seldom-used drug homicide charge against a Seattle man accused of selling a fatal dose of heroin to a former Issaquah High School student.

Zachary Lyter

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.

Investigators later determined his blood contained overdose levels of opiates. Police said Lyter admitted his drug problem to family members not long before he died. Officers discovered syringes and drug paraphernalia in his room during the investigation.

Pepka 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.

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Suspected dealer faces homicide charge after overdose claims Issaquah graduate

August 11, 2011

NEW — 3:30 p.m. Aug. 11, 2011

King County prosecutors last week filed a seldom-used drug homicide charge against a Seattle man accused of selling a fatal dose of heroin to a former Issaquah High School student.

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.

Investigators later determined his blood contained overdose levels of opiates. Police said Lyter admitted his drug problem to family members not long before he died. Officers discovered syringes and drug paraphernalia in his room during the investigation.

Pepka 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.

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Zachary V. Lyter

May 10, 2011

Our beautiful boy, Zachary V. Lyter, was born on April 8, 1992, in Seattle.

Zachary Lyter

Zach was the beloved son of Vern and Anita Lyter and a wonderful brother to Marisa. Zach truly loved his family and friends, and always lived his life to the fullest.

He was active in school sports and a member of the Issaquah High School football team. Snowboarding, weightlifting, watching movies with his family and spending time in Roche Harbor were some of Zach’s passions in life. One of his greatest passions, though, was being at home, having his friends over and allowing his Mom and Dad to spoil him.

Zach had a charming personality with an infectious laugh — he would light up a room when he entered it. Zach is remembered as a compassionate, caring and giving young man. His many friends loved him not only because of how much fun he could have, but also that he was always true to his word and would stand beside them when needed. He will be deeply missed.

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