A 19-year-old Newton man is now the second person to be charged in connection with the death of 19-year-old Shasta Sapp of Mingo. The Jasper County Sheriff’s Department investigation into Sapp’s November 12th death concluded Tuesday with the arrest of Wyatt Andrew Franklin.
Franklin is charged with delivery of a controlled substance and violation of his probation from a previous drug conviction. He’s being held in the Jasper County jail without bond. Franklin is accused of supplying the oxymorphone that Sapp took prior to her death.
According to the county medical examiner, the level of the drug in her system contributed to the death. Alcohol was also found in her system. Twenty-one-year-old Jason Bissell of Colfax allegedly supplied the alcohol to Sapp and Bissell has been charged with supplying alcohol to a minor. He is free on his own recognizance.
Sapp was found unresponsive at a residence just west of Colfax. She was pronounced dead after being taken to Skiff Medical Center in Newton.
By Randy Van, KCOB, Newton