Kimberling to Stand Trial for Selling Fatal Dose of Heroin

DUBOIS – A DuBois man accused of selling a fatal dose of heroin waived his right to a preliminary hearing during Centralized Court.

John C. Kimberling, 32, 320 Oliver Ave., DuBois, is charged with manufacture/delivery/possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and criminal use of communication facility. His bail was set at $10,000, monetary. Kimberling is currently incarnated in state prison for a probation violation.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, on May 5 police began investigating the overdose death of Andrew Myers. Physical evidence found at the scene included an empty heroin bag marked “Exxon,” a needle, a burned ladle, a baggie with marijuana in it, and two smoking devices. Police also found his cell phone.

When police interviewed the victim’s grandmother, she told them she took him to a doctor’s appointment on May 2. After this he asked if she could take him into town to purchase some marijuana. She explained that she frequently did this because it helped his mental condition. They first went to a Sheetz store in DuBois and then he told her he needed to meet someone near a restaurant near Palumbo’s. She parked her van in a parking lot in that area. The victim got out and walked into an alley. He was gone about 15 minutes before returning. She then took him home.

A friend of the victim, Kyle Matthew Gluczyk, was also interviewed. He told police that the last time he heard from Myers was May 1. He was with the victim several times when he bought heroin from “Kimbo,” who was later identified as Kimberling. He said they would meet at either Martin’s or Sheetz. They would buy a bundle for between $175 and $200. He gave police the phone number he had for “Kimbo.”

Police checked the victim’s cell phone and found numerous texts between the number given for Kimberling and the victim. The number was saved in the victim’s phone with the name “Kimbo.”

They also found several messages between the victim and Kimberling on Facebook on May 2 in which they are setting up a purchase. The Facebook messages end when the cell phone texts began. In the texts, they set up they spot for the purchase, which took place after 4:58 p.m. on May 2.

Kimberling was questioned by police on May 26 after he was arrested on a Clearfield County bench warrant. He told officers that he is usually the middle man on drug deals and he would contact others to actually complete the sales. He stated

Myers had contacted him via Facebook asking for heroin. He confirmed they continued their communication by cell phone. Kimberling said he contacted David Anthony to see if he wanted to deal with the victim because he didn’t sell to people he doesn’t know. Kimberling claimed that he only knew Myers as someone who was with Gluczyk when he purchased heroin from him one time.

Kimberling stated he told Myers where to meet him, but he did not sell the heroin to Kimberling. Instead, he claimed that Anthony was going to have somebody else meet with Kimberling for the deal. He stated that if the heroin bag was stamped “Exxon,” it would have come from Anthony.

 

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