Smithsburg woman charged with manslaughter in boyfriend's drug death

Chastity Dawn Kline also faces other charges in the death of Cody Lynn Delauter

April 07, 2011|By DON AINES |
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A Smithsburg woman was charged Tuesday with manslaughter for allegedly injecting a lethal combination of cocaine and heroin into her boyfriend in February.

Chastity Dawn Kline, 34, of 12804 Bikle Road, was also charged by the Washington County Sheriff's Office with two counts each of distributing narcotics and administration of narcotics in the death of Cody Lynn Delauter, 33, who was found dead in his South Artizan Street home in Williamsport on the morning of Feb. 3.

"I didn't give Cody heroin or ...," Kline said, before District Judge Dana Moylan Wright advised her not to talk about facts of the case.

"I'm innocent," Kline said on the closed-circuit television link from the Washington County Detention Center. "I don't belong here."

Wright ordered that Kline's bail remain at $200,000 following the bond review hearing. Kline is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on May 3.

An autopsy determined Delauter died of a mixed drug overdose, according to the application for statement of charges. The quantities of heroin and cocaine in his system were sufficient that either drug alone could have caused his death, the charging documents said.

Delauter had two prescriptions for Oxycodone and another for Hydromorphone, both powerful painkillers, written by a Rockville, Md., physician two days earlier, the documents said. One bottle was empty, and the other two were partially empty, the documents said.

Ambulance personnel found Delauter's cell phone in the driveway, and investigators dialed the last number he called on the night of Feb. 2, the  documents said. The man they called said Delauter told him he was going to dinner with his girlfriend, Chastity, the documents said.

Delauter's relatives told police that Kline contacted them on Feb. 8, saying she believed that she was the beneficiary of his life-insurance policy, according to the documents. Kline told them she left Delauter's home early on the night of Feb. 2, the documents said.

On Feb. 26, friends of Delauter told investigators they loaned Delauter $500 on Feb. 1 to pay the doctor to write the prescriptions and $130 to buy the medications, the documents said. Kline told them she drove Delauter around to sell the prescription drugs and buy other drugs with the money, the documents said.

The same friends told investigators that, following Delauter's Feb. 13 memorial service, Kline told them that Delauter was "speed-balling" on Feb. 2 and that she injected him with the combination of cocaine and heroin several times, the charging documents said. A third person corroborated the friends' account, the documents said.

On Feb. 28, agents with the Washington County Drug Task Force arranged for one of the friends to make a monitored phone call to Kline, the documents said. Investigators allege Kline said she injected Delauter with "whatever he crushed up" on Feb. 2, the documents said.

Investigators reviewed text messages on Delauter's phone, including one from Kline on Feb. 2, that read, "Hey he has hard 2 if interested," the documents said. Crack cocaine is sometimes referred to as "hard," the documents said.

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