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KSP Charge Debord Man in Death of Martin County Resident

Inez, KY. (August 28, 2020) – The Kentucky State Police, Pikeville Post, received a 911 call of a possible drug overdose at the Dempsey Housing apartment complex on Thursday, July 30, 2020. 

Upon arrival of emergency personnel, Ryan Marcum, 27, of Warfield was located deceased inside of the apartment.

During the investigation of Marcum’s death, a warrant was obtained for Christopher Newsome, 28, of Debord. Christopher Newsome is charged with Manslaughter 2nd Degree and Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 1st Offense (Carfentanil or Fentanyl Derivatives). Newsome’s drug involvement with Marcum is believed to be a direct factor in Marcum’s death. Newsome was arrested and is currently lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

Trooper Dustin Thompson is investigating and was assisted on scene by Kentucky State Police Post 9 Personnel and Martin County Coroner.

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