Fentanyl death brings dealing arrest

From Local Sources


MITCHELL — Police arrested a Mitchell man Tuesday for allegedly dealing in a controlled substance resulting in death.

The investigation began after the death of Kevin S. Bowden on Jan. 9 in Mitchell. Indiana State Police said Bowden’s death was attributed to fentanyl toxicity, along with moderate methamphetamine toxicity.

An investigation resulted in a Lawrence County warrant being issued charging Jackie D. Leatherman, 48, Mitchell, with a Level 1 felony count of dealing in a controlled substance resulting in death.

On Tuesday evening, police said, officers from the Mitchell Police Department served the arrest warrant.

The officers were able to take Leatherman into custody after he attempted to flee and physically resisted two Mitchell officers.

Police booked Leatherman into the Lawrence County Jail on the active warrant and on new local charges of battery on law enforcement resulting in bodily injury and resisting law enforcement.

State police said that through search warrants, evidence collected and witness interviews, an investigation led troopers from the Drug Enforcement Section and the Crime Scene Investigations Division, plus detectives from the Bloomington District, to establish probable cause that indicated Leatherman had allegedly dealt controlled substances that led to the death of Bowden.

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