Involuntary manslaughter case dismissed in Springfield overdose death

Charges have been dismissed against a man accused of involuntary manslaughter in connection with an overdose death of a woman in Springfield.

Gerald Cupp, 46, is out of jail after being charged with involuntary manslaughter in December. Authorities alleged Cupp gave Ashley Parr drugs in August. She overdosed and died from the drugs, according to police.

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The involuntary manslaughter charge was dismissed because of an error on the indictment sheet, Clark County Assistant Prosecutor Dan Driscoll said.

“We will be looking at the case again and deciding if there is sufficient evidence to go forward with the correct indictment,” he said.

It’s not an easy decision, he said.

“I can tell you that charging decisions on cases like this are extremely difficult,” Driscoll said. “We look at each case individually and try and decide what is right for that set of facts.”

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Cupp told the Springfield News-Sun in an exclusive interview that he didn’t buy the drugs for Parr. He says that Parr bought the drugs.

“She handed the money to him,” Cupp said. “I was getting the stuff for free.”

He took the largest part of the drugs because he was concerned about her taking too much, he said, and ended up overdosing the same night on his way to work.

He was the one who called authorities when he found her dead, he said.

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Cupp spent a few months in the Clark County Jail for the charges and said he doesn’t want to go back.

“I have found God and I got right,” Cupp said. “My life has been a mess. I am on a mission to stay clean.”

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