CATLETTSBURG – Two individuals appeared in Boyd County Circuit Court on Friday on a manslaughter charge after authorities said they delivered heroin to a person who used the drug and died.
Sydney Dingess, 20, of Portsmouth, Ohio and Lee Andrew Benson, 45, of Dayton, Ohio appeared in front of Boyd County Circuit Court Judge George Davis on the charges of trafficking in a controlled substance and second-degree manslaughter.
The case was delayed after the Boyd County Commonwealth Attorney's Office said the office is awaiting documents to complete discovery. The case was delayed until Sept. 27 at 11 a.m. for a pre-trial conference.
Dingess will also be eligible for a bond hearing on Sept. 27. Dingess' defense attorney, Brian Underwood, requested a 10 percent reduction in bond. Both are being held on a $100,000 full cash bond for the manslaughter charge, according to court records.
The discovery in question is the coroner's report, photo evidence, and video if it exists, said Benson's defense attorney Sebastian Joy. Joy read a list of seized items from court records, indicating that there were multiple cell phones seized, as well as 23 grams of suspected heroin.
Dingess and Benson were arrested on June 23 after police responded to an overdose death investigation, according to police reports.
“The defendant (Dingess) admitted to officers that she had delivered the heroin to the victim prior to his death,” said police reports. The name of the victim has not been released by the Boyd County Coroner's Office.
Benson also faces charges of possession of marijuana, first degree trafficking in a controlled substance, and failure to appear. Benson was allegedly found in possession of suspected heroin, packaging materials, and other equipment used in the packaging and transfer of illegal drugs. Benson was also allegedly found to have marijuana, according to police reports.
Both are currently lodged at the Boyd County Detention Center.