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Grand jury gets complicated, tragic Lovick overdose case

When the June term Lamar County grand jury is empaneled Monday it will take up the complicated overdose case that resulted in the death of Ryan Lovick. Lovick’s girlfriend and two other young people are charged with abandoning Lovick after he drank a concoction called Lean which is glorified in rap and hip hop music. Lean generally contains codeine cough syrup, Sprite and Jolly Rancher or Skittles candy. Sheriff Brad White is on record as saying Lovick, 19, ingested alcohol, marijuana and methadone before he died. There are anecdotal reports he asked those with him to call for help but they refused due to their own intoxicated condition. Lovick’s mother returned from a two-day business trip to find her son dead in a bed following a party he hosted at the family home while she was away. The mother banned those at the party from her son’s subsequent funeral. Those arrested were Elbert Tyler Horton, Jessica Amanda Casteel and Katherine Noelle Nordan. Nordan, 21, and Horton, 21, are from Griffin. Casteel, 19, is from Williamson. Horton is a 2011 LCCHS grad. They are charged with abandonment of a dead body but those charges could be upgraded. Nordan was arrested by UGA campus police on November 17, 2012 for battery, underage possession of alcohol and obstruction of an officer. The offense occurred at 1:30 p.m. the day of the Georgia-Georgia Southern game.

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