Not guilty pleas entered in heroin case
Not-guilty pleas have been entered by two men on charges related to heroin sales resulting in the overdose death of Christopher DeFino in New Milford.
Ryan M. Jordan, 27, of Pumpkin Hill Road in New Milford, pleaded not guilty Aug. 4 in Superior Court in Litchfield to charges of sale of narcotic substance and conspiracy to commit sale of narcotic substance. He is being held on $350,000 bond since his July 9 arrest.
According to the arrest warrant, Jordan visited DeFino at the latter’s parents’ house the evening of June 21 and sold DeFino three bags of heroin. He reportedly sold DeFino one bag of heroin earlier in the day.
DeFino was found dead June 22 from a reported heroin overdose, police said.
Jared Beatty, 26, of Peru, Vt., pleaded not guilty July 28 in Litchfield Superior Court to charges of accessory to sale of narcotic substance and conspiracy to commit sale of a narcotic substance. He is free on $200,000 bond following his July 13 arrest.
According to the arrest warrant, Beatty accompanied Jordan on June 21 to DeFino’s home and was present at the time Jordan sold three bags of heroin to DeFino. Beatty admitted to driving Jordan to DeFino’s residence because Jordan owed him money and was going to get some of that money from DeFino, the warrant reads.
Both men have Tuesday, Aug. 18, pre-trial dates at state Superior Court in Litchfield.