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Lakewood Resident Faces Manslaughter Charge After Man Overdoses

According to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s office, Donald Lanum injected heroin into the arm of another Lakewood man on Jan. 23.

A 29-year-old Lakewood man is scheduled to appear in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court today, accused of accidentally killing a 44-year-old man with a lethal injection of heroin last month.

Donald J. Lanum, of 2109 Halstead Avenue, faces charges of involuntary manslaughter, corrupting another with drugs, tampering with evidence and drug possession. 

According to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s office, Lanum injected heroin into the arm of Freddie Fordyce at a Halstead Avenue apartment on Jan. 23.

An acquaintance of Fordyce found him lying on the couch without a pulse. 

Lakewood Police arrested Lanum on Jan. 24. He’s been held in the Cuyahoga County jail since; his bond was set at $100,000 on Jan. 28.

According to Lakewood Municipal Court records, Lanum was found guilty of misdemeanor charges of possessing drug paraphernalia and a hypodermic needle in June 2011. 

Amber Brown April 01, 2013 at 02:35 PM
imagine how i feel...and the ex wife ..and to think donny used to be a c.o for the county .he and freddie fordyce left kids k behind ...now our kids have to live without their dads...pretty sad ....i feel bad for our children.
Amber Brown April 01, 2013 at 02:38 PM
donny was not a dealer ...he is an addict ....the needle ment more to him then his family
sabrina stanley May 15, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Amber this is freaking public grow the hell up. You tell people where we live and threaten our family. Nobody wanted shit too do with you because of this! My brother yes was an adict but had too see his friend die nobody knows the truth!
sabrina stanley May 15, 2013 at 05:37 PM
My brother had a horrible life and had a phycotic wife with mental issues in which drove him into his addiction of heroine. What happened that day was horrible and he has had nightmares and lives everyday seeing his friends face, dieing in front of him. This is injustice and whatever happened too guilty untill proven innocent? this is wrng on so many levels and exploiting him will only make things worse. P.s. amber I'm praying for u and ur mental issues.
sabrina stanley May 15, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Innocent untill prove guilty**

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