Arrest made following heroin death in Oakdale - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Arrest made following heroin death in Oakdale

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Michael J. Bedard. (State police photo) Michael J. Bedard. (State police photo)
OAKDALE, CT (WFSB) -

State police said they've made an arrest in connection with a deadly heroin overdose that happened in Oakdale over the winter.

Michael J. Bedard, 55, was charged with criminally negligent homicide and cruelty to persons, according to troopers.

They said the victim was invited to Bedard's home where the victim became sick.

A complaint stated that the victim was left "unconscious for about an hour before medical response arrived."

Through their investigation, troopers learned that the victim received a text on Feb. 9 asking "u want to do a couple lines come on down."

The victim then met Bedard at his home where the victim became unresponsive, according to state police.

Bedard dialed 911 and an ambulance transported the victim to Backus Hospital.

The victim was later transferred to Yale-New Haven Hospital where he was pronounced dead on Feb. 12.

Investigators said they poured through text messages, phone records, medical records and the 911 call. They also spoke to the victim's family, firefighters who responded, other witnesses and Bedard himself.

Bedard believed the victim "took and overdose" and knew it "because of his history," troopers said.

State police were granted an arrest warrant for Bedard.

He was arrested on Thursday and given a court date of May 12.

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