Man ordered to stand trial in Carson heroin death

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Updated: 1/14/2013 6:58 am

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A 21-year-old man has been ordered to stand trial in the 2011 heroin-related death of a woman in Carson City.

Judge John Tatro ruled Friday that there was sufficient evidence to bind Angel Altamirano over to Carson City District Court on a second-degree murder charge.

The Nevada Appeal reports ( ) Altamirano is accused of giving or selling heroin to 23-year-old Brittany Rubke in October 2011.

According to court documents, she had an adverse reaction that led to her death at a Reno hospital, but it's unknown whether she overdosed or not.

Under state law, a person can be charged with murder for giving or selling a controlled substance to someone who dies from taking the drug.

Altamirano is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 13 in district court.


Information from: Nevada Appeal,

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