The Houston Personal Injury Attorneys Press About Misdemeanor Drug Offense
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The Houston Personal Injury Attorneys Press About Misdemeanor Drug Offense

Man found asleep in closet with body

Oct. 12, 2009

A Houston man has been charged with three misdemeanor drug offenses after police found him asleep in a closet with a dead man in a vacant Cypress home Sunday. Cody Jean Plant, 21, also was charged with abuse of a corpse after prosecutors alleged he treated the body "in an offensive manner." However, the charge was dropped Monday after a judge examined the allegations in a probable cause hearing. The original charging document did not elaborate on the charge. Harris County Precinct 4 Constable deputies found Plant and the body of another man, whom they declined to identify, in a closet of a vacant house in the 15700 block of Knauff Ranch Court after the owner and his family reported voices and signs of forced entry about 1 p.m. Sunday.

"There were two guys in the closet. They appeared to be sleeping - one was snoring and the other was deceased," said Assistant Chief Deputy Mark Herman. "It appeared that they were doing some sort of narcotics - at least the one that they woke up. He was under the influence of something, obviously."

Plant also was arrested last May and charged with driving while intoxicated. His attorney said he has not spoken to Plant but that the situation sounds like a misunderstanding. "Once we get to the bottom of this, I think he'll be cleared," said attorney Ralph Manginello. Plant was charged with one count of possession of a dangerous drug and two counts of possession of a controlled substance of more than three grams and less than 28 grams. All are class A misdemeanors punishable by a maximum of a year in jail. Officials would not identify the substances. He remains in Harris County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail. See the full article HERE.

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