LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana coroner says a West Lafayette man awaiting trial in the death of a man fatally beating with a pickax or a shovel died this week from complications of a drug overdose.
Deputy Miami County Coroner John Boyer says 25-year-old Antonio O.J. Williams suffered lung problems in an October methadone overdose that ultimately led to his death Monday at a Peru hospital after he was rushed from the Miami Correctional Facility.
The Journal & Courier reports (http://on.jconline.com/wpnc09 ) Williams had been scheduled to stand trial in May for the July 2011 beating death of 26-year-old Jeremy K. Gibson of Lafayette.
Williams and two other people allegedly forced Gibson from his apartment and drove him to a rural location where he was fatally beaten and buried in a shallow grave.