Monday, January 7, 2013 , Updated 11:37 a.m., January 9, 2013
Detectives: Death of two Carroll students who overdosed could have been avoided
If medical attention would have been summoned, both may have survived, detectives said.
GRAPEVINE A 22-year-old Grapevine man was arrested and charged with two counts of criminally negligent homicide Saturday following the death of two Grapevine teenagers.
Kyle McNutt, 17, and Chase Nunez, 18, both students at Carroll Senior High School, were found dead inside a home on 710 Heather Wood Drive in Grapevine of an apparent drug overdose.
Grapevine detectives determined that illegal narcotics were used by both individuals and a third individual who lives at the home. He was identified as Cullen William Marino.
“All appearances, based on the paraphernalia, looks like there was a cocktail variety of different types of narcotics,” said Sgt. Robert Eberling of the Grapevine Police Department. “That led us to believe that they smoke things through a pipe and inject themselves with things.”
According to a search warrant affidavit, police located several items at the scene, including heroin, methamphetamines, Xanax, and marijuana. Various drug paraphernalia were also discovered, including a milk crate believed to be used as a mobile meth lab. Police found a clear plastic bag with powdery residue on the table beside the bed where the victims were found. In another bedroom, police found a spoon that police believe contained heroin residue, as well as glass pipes with residue.
Marino was arrested at the scene for an unrelated warrant and transported to the Grapevine Police Department jail. Through further investigation, detectives learned at some point during the night that Marino discovered McNutt and Nunez unresponsive, where if medical attention would have been summoned, both may have survived. Because of that, Marino was additionally charged with two counts of criminally negligent homicide.
“He described what happened through the night,” Eberling said. “After they took the drugs, both victims passed out. [Marino] physically picked them up from one bedroom and put them on the bed in another bedroom. He told us that they wouldn’t wake up and were unconscious. But instead of calling 911 like a reasonable person would do, he just left the room.”
Eberling said Marino didn’t say why he didn’t call 911.
Saturday morning, Marino’s father, Robert, did call 911 when his son told him Nunez and McNutt wouldn’t wake up.
According to 911 records, Robert Marino tried to revive the individuals but was unable to do so.
Criminally negligent homicide, a state jail felony, carries a minimum penalty of 180 days in state jail and a maximum of two years in state jail.
“Anytime someone takes reckless action or lack of action to resolve a situation where they know they could prevent someone’s death, that person can be held responsible for the death,” Eberling said.
According to the affidavit, Marino, Nunez and McNutt were partying and taking drugs with friends Friday night and Saturday morning. Marino told police that Nunez and McNutt had taken marijuana and Xanax before coming to Marino’s house. Marino told police he went to Dallas earlier in the day to purchase drugs and brought them back to his house.
Detectives are continuing the investigation, along with the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office to determine the exact cause of death of the two individuals.
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