Pretrial, trial dates set for controlled substances homicide case

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Pretrial and trial dates have been set for the man charged with the March 27 controlled substances homicide of Jarrod Bramson.

Adam Michael Kelly’s omnibus hearing began May 10 and has been continued into the following Friday, May 17, but his pretrial date remains set at May 31, with his trial dates scheduled to follow June 10-12.

Kelly, 38, was handed a total of 10 charges at his April 2 arraignment by the Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office, including not only the controlled substances homicide, but also six counts of sale, delivery or possession with intent to sell or deliver a “legend drug” in a school zone.

A legend drug is one that’s been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but can only be dispensed to the public with a prescription from a medical doctor or other licensed practitioner.

Kelly has also been charged with one count each of manufacture of a counterfeit controlled substance, possession of a punch die, possession of a controlled substance (heroin) and unlawful use of a building, all in a school zone.

The investigation arose from the death of Bramson, 43, whom Jefferson Health Care Center medical personnel found at the hospital March 27, unconscious in a vehicle in the parking lot.

Bramson was pronounced dead of an apparent drug overdose at the hospital that same day, and investigations into his death led officers to Kelly’s 12th Street residence in Port Townsend, which in turn led to the discovery of hazardous materials, from which investigators drew the conclusion that the residence was being used as a drug lab.

On March 28, the Port Townsend Police Department applied for and was granted a search warrant for the residence, and Kelly was taken into custody for the initial charges of controlled substances homicide, possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance, and unlawful use of a building for drug purposes.

Kelly was arraigned March 29 in Jefferson County Superior Court, the same day an anonymous informant told Jefferson County Sheriff’s Detective Derek Allen that Kelly’s main location of illicit and illegal operations was separate from his 12th Street residence.

A second search warrant was executed, this time on a property that Kelly was renting at 40 Seton Rd., where officers located multiple pieces of equipment for operating a lab, as well as a white powdery substance similar to that located in the lab at Kelly’s residence.

Stuart wrote that information obtained led officers to believe Kelly was operating internationally, with the rented property serving as his main drug lab.

Drug Enforcement Administration agents on scene advised local officers that Kelly had received, paid or transferred upwards of $26,000 in one day, two days prior to their investigation.

Officers found Bramson’s eyeglasses, sweatshirt and cellphone at Kelly’s residence, where Kelly and a witness confirmed Bramson had visited, with the witness adding that “Kelly told her, ‘I gave him (presumably Bramson) the shot that killed him.’”

Kelly denied providing Bramson with any drugs other than Narcan, one shot in each leg, in an attempt to revive him, but the witness also claimed Kelly had refused her request to call 911, after he’d injected Bramson with the Narcan.

Emmanuel Lacsina conducted an autopsy of Bramson at the Kosec Funeral Home in Port Townsend March 28, and identified bruising on Bramson’s arms consistent with the “track marks” commonly found on intravenous drug users.

Lacsina also told Jefferson County Sheriff’s Detective Shane Stevenson that both of Bramson’s lungs contained pulmonary edema fluid, which he stated was indicative of an opioid overdose.

Jefferson Associated Counsel was appointed as Kelly’s lawyer April 2, and although counsel requested Kelly’s bail be reduced by as much as half, his bail remains set at $500,000 cash or bond.

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