RICHMOND, Ky. (FOX 56) — A Richmond woman is facing charges after allegedly providing heroin to a man who died in a Waffle House bathroom.
Police said they responded around 1:30 a.m. Monday to the Waffle House on Eastern Bypass in Richmond for a welfare check of a man possibly locked in the bathroom.
According to a citation, officers found Carl Edwards dead from a suspected opioid overdose and located a bottle cap with suspected heroin inside. Additionally, the report said the coroner also found a yellow sticky note inside the toilet with suspected heroin residue.
Authorities said they reviewed surveillance footage which showed Edwards entering the restaurant at 9:53 p.m. and talking with Amanda Hornsby, 33, and another individual. Hornsby and the other person are seen leaving and walking over to a gas station where Hornsby is handed a hotel key card. The report said she then walked toward a nearby hotel.
At 10:10 p.m., police said Hornsby returned to the restaurant parking lot where she and Edwards made a “hand to hand transaction” before he walked inside to the restroom.
Edwards had no apparent signs of injury, according to Madison County Coroner Jimmy Cornelison, and the door was locked from the inside. Cornelison reported he believed the cause of death to be an opioid overdose and is awaiting blood toxicology to confirm.
Police said they located Hornsby who initially said she had given “stuff” to Edwards before later saying it was heroin wrapped in paper, belonging to the other individual.
Additionally, Hornsby said she “thinks Edwards gave her $5 for the heroin” and was “just the middle man.” The other person involved was “scared to do the transaction” after seeing police in the area, according to the citation. Hornsby told police the other individual gave her heroin in exchange for conducting the transaction.
She is charged with second-degree manslaughter and trafficking in a controlled substance and is lodged in the Madison County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond.