Van Wert woman charged with manslaughter in drug death

By J Swygart -



VAN WERT — A Van Wert woman entered pleas of not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and other counts during her arraignment hearing Wednesday in Van Wert Common Pleas Court.

In addition to the first-degree felony count of involuntary manslaughter, Ashley McKee, 37, Van Wert, is charged with corrupting another with drugs, a felony of the second degree; trafficking in a fentanyl-related compound, a fifth-degree felony; complicity, a second-degree felony; and conspiracy, a felony of the third degree.

A secret indictment filed Jan. 7 alleges that on or about Feb. 20, 2020, McKee caused the death of Katie Zimmerman as a direct result of corrupting another with drugs.

McKee on Jan. 20 was in the custody of Columbus police department and was ordered held for Van Wert County officials.

An April trial date has been set.

A telephone pre-trial was scheduled for Feb. 16.

McKee was sentenced Wednesday in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court to two years in prison on an earlier indictment charging her with two counts of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer by fleeing and eluding, a third-degree felony.


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