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19 Year Old Charged with Murder 2 and Manslaughter over women's Overdose

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Started: 2/18/2013 Category: News
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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akfreezingchick

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FAIRBANKS - A North Pole man who provided drugs to a Fairbanks teen who overdosed and died has been indicted on charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter.

Justin Mackenzie Powers, 19, who has been incarcerated at the Fairbanks Correctional Center for more than a month, was also indicted on two counts of second-degree drugs misconduct. He is being held without bail.

The second-degree murder charge is punishable by up to 99 years prison. Each of the other three charges carries a maximum penalty of 20 years behind bars.

Powers allegedly provided Alexandria S. Anderson, 18, with methadone and three trans dermal fentanyl patches on Sept. 13. The teen used all three patches simultaneously and died of an overdose.

Fentanyl, a synthetic opiate that is reportedly 100 times more powerful than morphine, is usually only prescribed to patients who are terminally ill, said Avery Thompson, an investigator with the Alaska Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Enforcement.

When Powers was arrested the following day at the College Road Safeway, he told investigators he purchased 27 of the patches from another man with plans to sell them for $100-150 each.

Fentanyl patches are difficult to obtain and rarely seen in the Fairbanks area, Thompson said. Usually, they are stolen from relatives who have a prescription.

Powers has previous misdemeanor convictions for assault and theft, but no felony record.

It"s rare for suspected drug dealers to be charged for providing a lethal dose of drugs to buyers, but Alaska law specifically mentions such cases.

State statute gives one definition of manslaughter as when someone "knowingly manufactures or delivers a controlled substance... and a person dies as a direct result of ingestion of the controlled substance."

The law also allows someone to be charged with second-degree murder if he or she "knowingly engages in conduct that results in the death of another person under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to the value of human life."

This is complete and utter ridiculousness, especially since the paper reported little of the TRUE facts of this story. When this girl overdosed it was 12 hours AFTER he and his friend who was also supposed to be his co-defendant in these charges after being indicted as well by the same grand jury but never seeing handcuffs or a jail cell because that man agreed to work with the Drug Enforcement Agency and wear wires on other people in the community who he used drugs with. The girl overdosed at an apartment full of people where she was spending the night in the same room and same bed as her boyfriend who was having sexual intercourse with her during the time when she was supposedly overdosing, the autopsy came back with that evidence yet that boyfriend was never charged with rape or contributing to her overdose, the cops also found multiple text messages on the young woman's phone of her texting other people besides Powers trying to buy and get the same exact drugs that the prosecution accused Powers of being the sole provider of, that proves she could have gotten drugs from somewhere else. Also multiple drug paraphenelia was discovered throughout the apartment she overdosed at. The girl was 18 years old, had been through rehab so it was not a new thing for her to be a drug user, she was a known drug user. He was the only person charged in this case, and he shouldn't have been charged at all, no one else was forced to take responsibility even though at sentencing the prosecutor said with her own mouth that "he was not the only one responsible, not even the majority of the responsibility(since someone had to be responsible since apparently 18 year old aren't responsible for their choices to use drugs when the overdose but if they are caught with them then they are responsible for them and accused of being drug dealers) yet Powers was the only one who was ever charged or had his name smeared as a bad person who was a "killer."
Arbitrary

Pro

First of all, I argue on the assumption that Powers had provided the deceased with methadone and the patches with full knowledge of the fact that what he was selling had been illegally attained and was potentially harmful, even fatal, to the human health and certainly, he must have known that Anderson had purchased said substances from him with the intention to either ingest them herself or for someone else. This alone drives me to conclude that Powers' actions were indeed conducted "knowingly...under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to the value of human life".

Powers was effectively providing a human being with a controlled substance in return for monetary gains, while fully knowing that what he had sold had the capacity to harm or even terminate, a human life. In my opinion, this alone qualifies him as a murderer, however indirect. While it might be rare for drug dealers to be charged for providing buyers with lethal doses of drugs, the Alaskan law clearly sees it as a valid charge. And it is only right that Powers adheres to the laws of his State.

Also, the opposition feels that Powers should not be charged, claiming that he had no control over the decisions and actions of another human being. The opposition also states the deceased's past history with substance abuse as a basis by which Powers should be absolved of her murder. I profusely object to this claim.
While Powers has no control over another's actions, what he does have, is complete autonomy of his own faculties. HE was the one who chose to purchase illegal substances and HE was the one who chose to sell said substances to Anderson. Therefore, HE must be held liable for his own part in her death.
Drug addict or not, Alexandria S. Anderson was a human being and for knowingly providing her with the substances that would end her life in return for personal gains, Justin Mackenzie Powers must be held responsible.

Through his actions, Powers has displayed the capacity to do harm to another human being in return for personal gains, and is hence a threat to society and should be prosecuted in accords to the law.
Debate Round No. 1
akfreezingchick

Con

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Arbitrary

Pro

Ah.. Don't really feel like starting a one-sided argument. Well. I hope that you were scared off by my fantastic argument, or that something really great happened and stopped you from continuing with the debate. Cheers.
Debate Round No. 2
akfreezingchick

Con

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Arbitrary

Pro

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