Man Will Answer For Cousin’s 2011 Overdose Death
By Mike Perleberg
Lorin Q. Collins. Photo by Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department.
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – A man who helped deliver a fatal dose of heroin to an overdose victim in 2011 is finally going to face the charges.
Lorin Q. Collins, 42, was charged in 2011 with Dealing in a Narcotic Drug within 1,000 Feet of Public Housing (class A felony), Reckless Homicide (class C felony), and Maintaining a Common Nuisance (class A misdemeanor).
Collins was neighbors with Brent Stephenson at Village Apartments in Lawrenceburg. With the aid of an informant, Dearborn County Special Crimes Unit investigators had purchased heroin from Stephenson on three occasions in March of 2011. Following the third purchase, police served a search warrant at Stephenson’s apartment and found heroin, marijuana, and cash.
Police would learn later that day that Robert Sexton had overdosed at a nearby apartment that same morning. Sexton was transported to Dearborn County Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Sexton had been staying with Collins, his cousin. During questioning, Collins allegedly admitted to using heroin with Sexton.
Detectives say an informant spoke with Stephenson, who allegedly told him that he sold heroin to Collins the morning of Sexton’s overdose. A review of phone call records showed Collins and Stephenson spoke that morning.
A later autopsy determined that Sexton indeed died of “multidrug intoxication.”
Collins had managed to avoid facing the charges for several years until he was booked into jail at the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center on Thursday. He could make his initial appearance in court on Friday.
Collins was arrested in Franklin County for Resisting Law Enforcement earlier this month. He pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to 1 1/2 years jail and probation before being transported to Dearborn County.
Stephenson was convicted and sentenced for his role in the case in 2012. He was released from prison in 2016, but the 32-year-old is back in jail after being accused of pulling a gun during a domestic disturbance and selling cocaine in Dearborn County last year.