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Search warrant tells differing stories leading to meth death

William Lee Brown
William Lee Brown

FAIRFIELD — William Lee Brown and Stormy Girven went to a Fairfield hotel room July 31 with Dustin Canaday to take methamphetamine.

The trip proved fatal for Canaday.

There are different versions of what happened leading up to Canaday’s death and what happened after he died.

One thing is clear: Canaday died of acute methamphetamine toxicity, according to autopsy results.

Investigators pieced together a chronology of the day’s events that led to the arrest of Brown Saturday on charges of involuntary manslaughter and delivery of methamphetamine.

Investigators still are working to get a complete picture of what happened.

The arrest came after interviews with Brown and Girven, interviews leading to a search warrant for Facebook messages.

Based on police reports and the search warrant, the following timeline was established.

After acquiring the hotel room key with Canaday, Brown left to pick up Girven.

On the way back to the hotel, Girven and Brown spoke about getting high before doing anything else.

In the hotel room, Brown asked Girven and Canaday if they had ever done an Alka-Seltzer shot. After both said no, he explained it changes the body’s pH level and gives a high all day.

Canaday went to the bathroom to shoot up while Brown mixed the shots.

“Brown is alleged to have provided the victim with a preloaded syringe of methamphetamine, which he referred to as ‘thick,” according to a news release from the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office.

Brown mixed two Dixie cups with methamphetamine, Alka-Seltzer and water. Brown split an “8 ball,” or an eighth of an ounce, of meth between the two.

Brown did not make one for himself.

After returning from the bathroom, Canaday drank his in two gulps.

Girven said she couldn’t finish the drink because it tasted terrible. Canaday offered to go downstairs and get a pop to help her finish it.

When he returned, Canaday was asking for help saying he needed to go to the hospital.

“She thought he was just really high, and (Brown) told her no one had died from a meth overdose,” according to the search warrant.

In his statement to police, Brown said Canaday never asked for help or said he was hurting.

After Brown ran a bath for Canaday, the pair checked on him after an unknown amount of time.

Something was wrong.

When telling his account of the event, Brown said Canaday went to the bathroom to turn on the bath water, and he assumed it was to clean up.

He said after 45 minutes, Brown and Girven went to check on him and he was face-down and unconscious.

Girven said she attempted CPR and wanted to call 9-1-1, but Brown talked her out of it.

Based on the documents, it is unclear who alerted authorities, but first responders arrived at the hotel and took Canaday to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Brown drove Girven home, and out of fear, she agreed to say the drugs were Canaday’s.

“Officers have investigated and reviewed the camera footage and spoken with both (Brown) and (Girven). There are inconsistencies with what has been said between both parties,” according to the search warrant.

Due to the inconsistencies in the stories, the police filed a search warrant on Oct. 17 to retrieve information between July 20 and Aug. 18 to and from Girven, Brown and Canaday.

Girven said most of the conversations during the time period were through Facebook Messenger. It is unknown what the police discovered from the warrant.

Brown has been released from jail after posting a $10,000 cash bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 11 a.m. in Jefferson County District Court.