Arrests made in Jackson death case
Putnam County Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter has charged three adult men in connection with the death of a Greencastle High School student.
Scottie B. Hoover, 23, Greencastle, has been charged with a class A felony, dealing in a controlled substance (Oxymorphone) to a child under the age of 18; a class B felony of dealing in a controlled substance (Xanax) to a child under the age of 18; and a class C felony, contributing to the delinquency of a minor causing the death of Dietrich Jackson.
Steve M. Smith, 43, Greencastle, has been charged with dealing in a controlled substance (Oxymorphone) a class B felony. It's alleged that Smith sold his prescription Oxymorphone pills to Hoover.
Eric Mahrenholtz, 50, is charged with contributing to the delinquency of minors by providing alcohol, a class A misdemeanor, and maintaining a common nuisance, a class C misdemeanor.
"Every parent, adult and student in Putnam County needs to know that if you give any child prescription drugs or alcohol you will be charged, arrested and prosecuted to the full extent of the law," Bookwalter said.
"The state Police have worked around the clock for the past 30 days to bring about the arrests. Their investigation is still ongoing," Bookwalter said.
The Putnam County Prosecutor's Office also anticipates charges being filed against juveniles through the Putnam County Juvenile Court.
"It should always be remembered that criminal charges are only allegations," said Bookwalter in a press release. "Every defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law."