Couple Charged With Administering Lethal Heroin Injection

August 14, 1991|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff writer

A suspected drug dealer and his girlfriend have been charged with administering lethal injections of heroin to a Sykesville man who died Aug. 3 of a possible overdose, county police said.

William Sterling Dubbert, 31, of the first block of Pacton Road in Baltimore, admitted injecting the drug into the Sykesville victim and another man after the two had been drinking most of the night at Duke's Place bar in Sykesville, court records said.

Also arrested yesterday was Katherine Ann Cobak, 25, of the 2800 block of Diamond Ridge Road in Woodlawn. Cobak allegedly helped inject the two men after they purchased the heroin from Dubbert, police said.

Pronounced dead in the parking lot of the bar was Dennis Gerard Seal, 34, the owner of Seal Trucking Co. in Sykesville.

Seal's companion, T. J. Bowling Jr., 31, of the 2500 block of Hobbs Road in Glenwood, was found lying unconscious next to Seal when police arrivedat about 8 a.m. Bowling, who required life-saving treatment at Howard County General Hospital, was released Friday.

Police are awaiting toxicology test results from the state medical examiner to determine whether the heroin injection caused Seal's death, said Detective Steven R. Greisz.

Initial toxicology tests show that Seal and Hobbs had heroin in their bloodstreams, police said.

Both suspects couldbe charged with manslaughter if the toxicology test shows that Seal died from a heroin overdose, Greisz said.

Dubbert, who police saidalso confessed to selling the drug to Seal and Bowling, is charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute and reckless endangerment. Cobak faces the same charges.

Dubbert was being held yesterday on $50,000 bond at the

Howard County Detention Center. Cobakwas appearing before a District Court commissioner late yesterday afternoon.

The reckless endangerment charge is a result of Dubbert'sadmission that he and Cobak injected the two victims with the drug, exposing them to a life-threatening risk, police said.

Witnesses who were at Duke's Place bar reported seeing Seal, who lived in the 6200 block of North Walnut Avenue, and Hobbs leave the bar at 2 a.m.

The two men then were seen together in the parking lot after closingtime, police said.

Both men had been drinking heavily, police said.

Police said they received information from one of Bowling's family members last week that Dubbert apparently had helped the two men "shoot up" in the parking lot.

A sting operation was then set up, in which the family member contacted Dubbert three days after Seal's death and arranged to buy a small quantity of heroin from him, court records said.

The transaction was monitored by a Baltimore County police officer, who listened as Dubbert told the family member that he was the person who helped Seal and Hobbs shoot heroin on Aug. 3, court records said.

Dubbert also told the family member, "I'm sorry,I didn'tmean it, I know everybody's mad at me," the court statement said.

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