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June 13, 2019

LaPlace Man Indicted With Murder in Overdose Death

District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that today (June 12, 2019) a St. Tammany Parish grand
jury indicted Danearl Brown (46) of LaPlace on a charge of second degree murder in the death of a Mandeville man from a drug overdose.

Brown is accused of selling heroin last year to the 47-year-old victim, who used the controlled dangerous substance and died of drug overdose. Prosecutors allege that the heroin Brown sold to the victim was a direct cause of the victim’s death.

Assistant District Attorney Jay Adair presented the case to the grand jury

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Drug Dealer Charged in Drug Overdose Death of Mandeville Man
The Mandeville Police Department Chief Gerald Sticker reports that Danearl Brown (45) has been 

charged with Second  Degree Murder and Distribution of Heroin in the 2018 death of Christopher Stier (47) of Mandeville. Brown was booked March 7, 2019 into the St. Tammany Parish Jail where he remains on a $300,000 bond.

One June 2, 2018, Mandeville Police were dispatched to a residence on Villere Street. The initial investigation, which consisted of witness statements and various pieces of physical evidence, pointed towards a drug overdose. In November 2018, the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office confirmed those suspicions, finding heroin and at least two different opioids in the victims toxicology.

In the following months, with the aid of assisting agencies, detectives carried out search warrants and followed up on investigatory leads that identified the suspected drug dealer who supplied the fatal doses.

“As Chief, I would like to commend my detectives for their tenacity in being able to piece together the final hours of Mr. Stier’s life and objectively connect him to his suspected dealer. I believe we have put together a solid case that will be instrumental in Brown’s prosecution.”

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