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Body abandonment case on Thursday calendar

By Walter Geiger One of three teens charged in the January overdose death of 19-year-old Ryan Lovick is due in court Thursday. Jessica Amanda Casteel is charged with abandonment of a dead body. Her case is on the criminal pre-trial calendar Oct. 10. Trials are set to begin Oct. 28. Two codefendants in the case, Elbert Tyler Horton and Katherine Noelle Nordan entered pleas Aug. 15 and were sent to drug court. Casteel was in court that day but did not plea. District attorney Richard Milam said the four young people partied at the Lovick home on Hwy. 36 East January 15-16 while Lovick’s mother, Susan Lovick, was out of town on business. ‘They mixed methadone with Gatorade. At least three of them drank it – these two and the deceased. Lovick also smoked marijuana and drank alcohol. Miss Nordan got sick. They later realized Lovick was dead but decided to clean up and leave knowing his mother would find him,’ the district attorney added. The dead teen’s mother, Susan Lovick, ripped Casteel at the Aug. 15 hearing. ‘She came to my house acting like nothing was wrong when she knew better. She was the worst. She is evil in my book,’ she said.

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