Jacob Lee Brown didn’t provide the heroin that killed Wesley Kiggins, but police say he did sell Kiggins morphine sulfate two days before his death.
Brown, 34, was arraigned Oct. 8 in Teton County District Court on a felony charge of delivery of a schedule II narcotic. He entered a not guilty plea.
Kiggins, 27, died Jan. 14, 2017, of an opiate overdose, according to court records.
After a long investigation, police charged former Jackson resident Sarah Valley with criminally negligent homicide and delivery of heroin relation to Kiggins’ death.
In a plea bargain, prosecutors dropped the negligent homicide charge and Valley pleaded no contest to felony delivery of heroin. Police say Valley provided Kiggins the fatal dose of heroin the day before he died.
But further investigations revealed Kiggins had more than one drug dealer.
“During the search of Kiggins’ cellular telephones, Officer [Phil] Smith discovered a text message conversation between Kiggins and Jake Brown on Jan. 12, 2017,” court records state.
Kiggins told Brown he was “itching” and asked if he could intravenously inject morphine.
“Brown said he could, and they discussed the best place to get needles and syringes,” court documents state.
The two agreed through text messages to meet at Albertsons around 9 p.m. Jan. 12.
Police interviewed Brown in April 2017.
“Brown did sell Kiggins one 60 mg, orange colored morphine sulfate tablet two days prior to Kiggins’ death,” court documents said.
Kiggins paid $60 or $70 for the morphine, police said.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, morphine causes similar effects as heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, methadone, codeine and opium.
Brown, a former Jackson resident, was charged in June but wasn’t arraigned in felony court until last week. Attorney John LaBuda is representing him. He remains out of jail on bond.
The case will go to trial if LaBuda and prosecutors don’t reach a plea deal.