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Trial to begin in overdose death of Irwin man

Renatta Signorini
| Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, 10:33 p.m.
Kyland Napper, 20, of Wilkinsburg was found not guilty of delivering the heroin that killed Sage Capozzi, 20, in a Hempfield motel room in 2012.
Kyland Napper, 20, of Wilkinsburg was found not guilty of delivering the heroin that killed Sage Capozzi, 20, in a Hempfield motel room in 2012.
Sage Capozzi
Sage Capozzi

A Westmoreland County jury selected Monday will decide the fate of a Wilkinsburg man accused of selling heroin in 2012 to a 20-year-old man who overdosed and died.

Kyland William Napper, 22, allegedly sold Sage Capozzi of Irwin the heroin that Capozzi later injected inside a room at Motel 3, according to investigators. Capozzi's girlfriend awoke in the morning and found him dead.

The trial is expected to last two days.

The case against Napper includes a rarely used charge — drug delivery resulting in death — that can be prosecuted as a third-degree homicide when a person intentionally administers, delivers or prescribes drugs to a person who dies from an overdose.

After his son's death, Carmen Capozzi founded the group “Sage's Army,” hoping to raise awareness and assist those struggling with addiction.

Sage Capozzi was in recovery when Napper allegedly sold him heroin in the Monroeville Mall parking lot, according to court records. Capozzi and his then-girlfriend went to the Route 30 motel where he used the drugs, records show.

An autopsy report indicates Capozzi's death was the result of “combined drug toxicity” of heroin and cocaine.

State police identified Napper as the alleged dealer shortly after Capozzi's death, but he wasn't arrested until nearly two years later. Napper has been in the Westmoreland County Prison on $250,000 bail.

He faces additional charges of possession with intent to deliver and drug possession.

Opening statements are expected to begin Tuesday morning.

Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or rsignorini@tribweb.com.

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