Man enters plea of not guilty after woman dies from Fentanyl toxicity

BEDFORD – Aaron Reynolds, of Bloomington, appeared in court for his initial hearing in Lawrence County Superior Court II and pleaded not guilty to dealing a controlled substance resulting in the death of a Lawrence County woman.

Reynolds was arrested on Wednesday, September 12th by detectives from the Indiana State Police’s Drug Enforcement Section, South Zone ERT, Bloomington District Troopers, and Jasper District Troopers at approximately 9:30 a.m.

Judge Robert Cline explained Reynolds the charging information and appointed him a public defender.

He is being held in the Lawrence County Jail on a $200,000 surety bond with 10 percent cash bond.

According to a probable cause affidavit, in May 2023, a female was found deceased in her Bedford home. As a result of an autopsy, it was determined the cause of death was Fentanyl toxicity. In August 2023, detectives from the Drug Enforcement Section initiated an investigation into her death. Detectives determined Reynolds had sold the female subject a controlled substance leading to her death.

Detectives applied for an arrest warrant through the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office.

Detectives locate Reynolds at the Crawford Apartments in Bloomington. He was arrested without incident and a search warrant was executed at his apartment.

In 2018, Indiana lawmakers made dealing drugs resulting in death a crime punishable by up to 40 years in prison. Dealing a controlled substance resulting in death is a Level 1 felony. The penalties for a Level 1 felony can include a prison term ranging from 20 to 40 years, along with an advisory sentence of 30 years for aggravating circumstances.

WBIW has requested Reynold’s charging information from Prosecutor Sam Arp.

Reynolds will appear in Lawrence County Superior Court II on November 16 at 8 a.m. for a pre-trial conference.