Camino man indicted in suspected drug death of 15-year-old high school student

by Placerville Newswire / Sep 05, 2017 / comments

[SAM STANTON, Sacramento Bee. Img: El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office]

Jessee Howard Roberts and Elijah Lee Richter were originally arrested in 2012 in connection with the drug-related death of 15-year-old Alejandro Nunez Avila. Richter was indicted by a federal grand jury last week. 

Five years after a 15-year-old El Dorado High School student died from ingesting a hallucinogenic drug, a Camino man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of possessing and distributing a counterfeit version of LSD that caused the death.

Elijah Lee Richter faces the federal charges in the September 2012 death of Alejandro Nunez Avila, who was found unresponsive at a Pollock Pines home and later died at Marshall Hospital.

El Dorado County sheriff’s officials said at the time that Avila had ingested a synthetic drug and later booked Richter, then 20, and Jesse Howard Roberts, then 21, on involuntary manslaughter charges...