Man Arrested for Manslaughter Two Years After Friend Overdosed on Meth

By: 10/11 News Email
By: 10/11 News Email

Nearly two years after a Lincoln woman's death, police arrest they man they say is responsible.

On May 26, 2011, the Lincoln Police Department and Lincoln Fire & Rescue were sent to 2532 Vine #14 on a medical call.

Police say 49-year-old Charles Blowers awoke to find his 26-year-old friend, Latrice Shaner, unresponsive. She was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Police say the investigation revealed that Charles provided Shaner with methamphetamine just prior to her death. They say an autopsy later attributed Shaner's death to an overdose of meth.

On January 7, 2013, an arrest warrant was issued for Charles Blowers for Delivery/Possession with Intent to Deliver and Manslaughter.

He was arrested on January 24 in Denver, Colorado. He will be extradited to Lancaster County to face manslaughter and drug charges.

Police attribute the delay in an arrest warrant to thoughtful consideration and discussions among the district attorney’s office and county attorney’s office. They say both offices wanted to examine the best avenue for prosecuting the violations – through federal law or state statute. It was ultimately decided to charge at the county level with manslaughter and the drug charges.

Police want the public to know that the Lincoln Police Department will vigorously investigate overdose deaths. They says Individuals who provide drugs, whether street drugs or prescriptions, that contribute to death may be charged with crimes related to that death.


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