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Stow woman charged in man's overdose death

By JEFF SAUNDERS Reporter Published: March 12, 2017 12:00 AM

A Stow woman is facing felony charges in connection with the August 2016 drug overdose death of a Stow man at her home.

According to Stow Municipal Court records, Elm Way resident Caitlin Y. Clingman-Butler, 27, is charged with first-degree felony involuntary manslaughter, second-degree felony corrupting another with drugs and fifth-degree felony drug trafficking in connection with the death of Timothy Manley, 47.

The court issued a warrant for Clingman-Butler's arrest on Feb. 22 and police said she turned herself in at the Stow Police Department on March 1.

She was then taken to the court, where she did not enter a plea to the charges and was released on a 10 percent of $50,000 bond.

Her case was sent to a Summit County grand jury via the court's direct indictment program on March 9. Clingman-Butler's attorney could not be reached for comment before press time.

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Stow police said that they and Stow EMS responded to Clingman-Butler's home after she reported that the man had overdosed in the early evening of Aug. 12.

Police said the woman told them that she tried to administer Narcan, a drug that is often successful in reviving overdose victims, but she was unable to do so because she did not know how. Police said it was determined that the Narcan would not have been effective in this case because the man was already dead.

According to court records, the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office determined that the "proximate cause" of the man's death was Carfentanil, a large-animal tranquilizer that is often lethal to humans. Court records say the drug was mixed in with heroin that Clingman-Butler allegedly gave to the man.

Police said the Summit County Prosecutor's office authorized the charges Feb. 22 after the medical examiner's report became available.

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