Barnstable County Correctional Facility inmate indicted on involuntary manslaughter charge

Charges stem from heroin overdose death of a fellow inmate in May 2014

A Barnstable County Correctional Facility inmate has been indicted on several charges stemming from a heroin overdose death at the jail last year. According to a Cape & Islands District Attorney's Office release, a Barnstable County Grand Jury handed down the indictments against 25-year-old Timothy R. Evans of Brewster on Thursday.

Evans as been indicted on the charges of involuntary manslaughter, distribution of a Class A substance (heroin), possession with intent to distribute a Class A substance (heroin), delivering drugs to a prisoner and conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substance Act. 

On May 23, 2014, 31-year-old John P. Shannon died from a heroin overdose while an inmate at the prison. It was Shannon's birthday, according to the release. 

Evans is alleged to have provided Shannon with the heroin that caused his death. The indictments followed an investigation that lasted several months. During the investigation, the grand jury heard from several witnesses including corrections officers and other inmates regarding Evans and the possession of heroin while behind bars.

A joint investigation conducted by State Police detectives assigned to the Cape & Islands District Attorney's Office, the Barnstable County Sheriff's Office, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the State Police Crime Scene Services Unit. 

An arraignment date for Evans has not yet been set, according to the release.


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