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Jun 28, 2016 12:14 PM

Bail denied for man accused of selling fatal fentanyl dose

The Associated Press

NASHUA — A judge has ruled that a 27-year-old man accused of selling the fatal dose of a synthetic opioid that killed a Nashua mother in January should be held without bail.

The indictment against Kevin Manchester is described as "acts prohibited, death resulting," which carries a potential sentence of life in prison.

Prosecutors say Manchester knowingly sold the fentanyl to 33-year-old Michelle MacLeod, who ingested the drug and suffered a fatal overdose on Jan. 22.

Defense attorneys argued Monday that the evidence against Manchester is circumstantial and requested his bail be set at $50,000. But Judge Jacalyn Colburn agreed with Assistant Attorney General Danielle Horgan's assertion that it's "highly probable" that the drug sale is related to MacLeod's death.

Manchester's next court appearance is scheduled for July 13.

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