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Hofstra Student Indicted In Girlfriend's Heroin Death

A New York grand jury indicted a 19-year-old Hofstra student on manslaughter charges for abandoning his girlfriend after she overdosed on heroin.

By Christian Bryant | October 31, 2015

A grand jury in Mineola, New York, has indicted a Hofstra student on manslaughter charges after his girlfriend overdosed on heroin and died. 

Prosecutors say 19-year-old Joseph Joudah injected himself and his girlfriend, 19-year-old Olivia McClellan, with heroin April 18. The prosecuting attorney says when McClellan overdosed, Joudah took off. (Video via News 12 Long Island

"Seventeen hours later ... this defendant first notified someone," Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said

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This is the first time in Nassau County history someone has been charged with manslaughter in a heroin-related death. 

Joudah's attorney claims McClellan's death was a consensual accident and that his client shouldn't face manslaughter charges. (Video via WNBC

Joudah's indictment comes as Nassau County authorities figure out how to curb heroin overdoses. The prosecuting attorney said in a statement New York residents should get familiar with the "Good Samaritan" law, which protects people who call 911 to help someone who has overdosed. 

 

This video includes images from Getty Images. 

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