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December 27, 2012

Enid man charged in 2011 narcotic death of roommate

ENID, Okla. — An Enid man was charged last week with first-degree manslaughter related to the October death of his roommate.

Jeffrey Scott Vickers, 28, faces no less than four years in prison if convicted of the felony charge, accusing him of providing Mark Doyle with a scheduled narcotic that led to Doyle’s death Oct. 23, 2011.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, Enid Police Department received a report at 4:52 p.m. Oct. 23, 2011, of an unresponsive man at home in the 100 block of North Saddle.

When officers arrived they found Doyle on the floor of the front room. Enid Fire Department personnel and Life EMS arrived and attempted to resuscitate Doyle but were unsuccessful.

Officer Cody Smith spoke with Vickers, who said he’d given Doyle a pill called Osobran, because Doyle was complaining of back pain, according to the affidavit. Vickers told Smith he’d bought the pill from a friend on the street about a week before, according to the affidavit.

Vickers said he gave Doyle half the pill and took the other half himself. He said Doyle told him the “pill was strong,” and when he went into the living room 10 minutes later to check on Doyle and he was not responding, according to the affidavit.

Sgt. Eric Reddick, of EPD’s Narcotics Unit, was called to the scene and spoke with Vickers.

Vickers told Reddick the pill he’d given Doyle was called Opran and said he’d paid $80 for it, according to the affidavit. Reddick spoke with emergency personnel and was told Doyle had died. He then spoke with Integris Bass Baptist Health Center personnel who told him Opran was a painkiller similar to Oxymorphine.

Doyle’s body was sent to Oklahoma City for an autopsy.

Detective Robin Bench received the autopsy report Jan. 12, 2012, which listed the probable manner of death as an accident, with the probable cause of death listed as Oxymorphine toxicity, according to the affidavit. Bench learned Opran is a form of Oxymorphine, and is a drug that cannot be dispensed without a license.

Detectives did not speak to Vickers due to his family’s request for an attorney, according to the affidavit.

Online court records show Vickers is free on $10,000 bond and is scheduled for arraignment on the charge this morning.

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