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Colin McKernon

Wallingford man faces manslaughter charge in connection with overdose death

WALLINGFORD — A local man faces charges after police say he helped his girlfriend inject heroin, which caused a fatal overdose, in January.

Colin McKernon, 24, of 34 Cornwell Road was arrested Wednesday and charged with first-degree manslaughter, illegal distribution of narcotics, tampering with evidence and interfering with an officer.

On Jan. 15, police responded to McKernon’s home for a report of an unresponsive woman, Lt. Marc Mikulski, police spokesman, said in a statement. The woman, identified as Brittney Williams, 21, of Wallingford, was taken to MidState Medical Center where she was pronounced dead, Mikulski said. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined the cause of Williams’ death to be “multiple drug toxicity.”

McKernon told police visited Williams at Colony Lanes, where she worked, according to the warrant. She then went to his house after her shift. McKernon told police several versions of what happened that night, including that he had driven to New Haven to purchase five bags of heroin for Williams, according to the warrant. McKernon told police Williams usually “snorted” heroine, but learned to inject it by watching McKernon, the warrant said.

McKernon told police Williams became “slow” and was moaning, but thought she was “just high,”the warrant said. So he played video games while she was lying on the bed, the warrant said.

When McKernon later checked on Williams, her lips had turned blue and she felt cool to the touch, the warrant said. McKernon told police he cleaned the needle and bottle cap, removed the remaining heroin from her purse and later used it himself to shoot up, the warrant said. McKernon then sought help from his mother, who called 911, the warrant said.

McKernon initially denied helping Williams inject heroin but later admitted to police that he had injected the heroine into William’s arm because she tried to do it and was unable to find her vein, the warrant said.

McKernon is currently serving a one year sentence for driving under the influence, according to the state judicial website. Wallingford police served the warrant for this case at the Meriden court. McKernon has eight convictions since 2008 for charges including possession of a controlled substance, driving a car while under suspension for alcohol related charges, and other driving under the influence convictions. He has no other pending cases.

He was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court Wednesday and bail was set for $200,000. The case was transferred to New Haven Superior Court for Oct. 1. Attorney Jack O’Donnell represented McKernon for the bond hearing only.



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