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Heroin Overdose: Sean Warner Arraigned on Manslaughter Charge

January 05, 2012|By Rebecca Palsha | Channel 2 News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Sean Warner, the man accused of injecting two teenage girls with heroin in December, was arraigned on charges including manslaughter in an Anchorage court Thursday afternoon. One of the girls, 14-year-old Jena Dolstad, later died from the  injection she received.

Warner was formally charged with manslaughter, first-degree and second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, and tampering with physical evidence.

He walked into court wearing prison yellow jumpsuits, shackled to two other prisoners.

There didn’t appear to be any family or friends in the courtroom for either Dolstad or Warner.

The case has caught the attention of many people in Anchorage as well as media outlets from across the country. Warner's family has said he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after serving as a Navy medic in Afghanistan.

“A death resulting from an overdose in a juvenile -- yes, it does seem to be well outside the ordinary,” said Adrienne Bachman with the district attorney’s office.

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Warner’s trial is scheduled for March 27.

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