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Drug link suspected in death of Charleroi man

| Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2003

CHARLEROI - Charleroi police plan to turn over to state police the investigation into the suspicious death of a Charleroi man whose body ended up at the police station early Monday morning.

David E. Consonery, 24, was not breathing when two people brought him to the Charleroi Police Station at 4:53 a.m. Monday.

Police immediately called para-medics, who could not revive the man.

According to Acting Police Chief Armand Costantino, it is believed Consonery died of a drug overdose.

Costantino said Consonery, who had a history of brushes with the law in Charleroi, was brought to the station by Jason Greenfield, 18, of Charleroi, and Amanda Murray, 20, of Canonsburg.

Greenfield, Murray and Consonery had been together throughout Sunday night, according to Costantino, who said Consonery reportedly took drugs, said he didn't feel well and went to sleep in the back of Greenfield's Chevrolet Blazer.

Costantino said that Greenfield and Murray went to an establishment in Belle Vernon and then they drove to Dallas Pike in West Virginia.

When they went back to Charleroi, they tried to awaken Consonery but he would not wake up, so they brought him to the police station.

"Because of the number of jurisdictions involved, we're going to have to turn this over to the state police," said Costantino.

"We really don't know if Consonery died in Belle Vernon, West Virginia or Charleroi," the acting chief added.

"You can bet one thing: It's going to be drug-related, one way or the other. A lot of things come into play here and we're going to turn the investigation over to the state police."

Costantino said his department interviewed both Greenfield and Murray. He also talked to Washington County Coroner Timothy Warco and Washington County District Attorney John Pettit.

No arrests are planned until after the investigation is complete.

"An autopsy was done but we won't have the results in for a while," Costantino said.

Consonery's death is the second within a week in Charleroi that could have been drug-related.

On Dec. 30, former professional football player Joseph "Jo Jo" Heath, of Fayette City, was found dead in a creek in Fallowfield Township.

Jason Allen Benner, 29, of Charleroi, has been charged in Heath's murder.

State police in Belle Vernon, who are handling that investigation, believe Heath actually was killed in his vehicle in front of Benner's home on Lower Crest Avenue and his body later was transported to Fallowfield Township.

Investigators have hinted that drugs could be a factor in Heath's death, although no motive has been stated for his murder.

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