GEORGETOWN – A man was indicted on Thursday in Brown County on multiple charges related to the death of a man found in a ditch in October.
Billy Ray Hackworth, 44, of Hillsboro was indicted this week on nine charges related to the death of Clint Doss. Doss’s body was found in a ditch near Mount Orab in October.
Hackworth was indicted on two counts of first-degree felony involuntary manslaughter with forfeiture of property specifications, two counts of second-degree felony corrupting another with drugs, third-degree felony reckless homicide, third-degree felony tampering with evidence, fourth-degree felony aggravated trafficking in drugs, fifth-degree felony trafficking in heroin and fifth-degree felony gross abuse of a corpse.
According to the indictment, Doss’s death was the “proximate result of Billy R. Hackworth committing or attempting to commit the felony offense of corrupting another with drugs...” It also alleged that Hackworth committing or attempting to commit the felony of trafficking in drugs led to Doss’s death as well.
Hackworth allegedly distributed fentanyl to Doss, which caused serious physical harm and/or caused Doss to become drug dependent, according to the indictment.
According to the indictment, Hackworth also “did, except as authorized by law, treat a human corpse in a way that would outrage reasonable community sensibilities.”
Hackworth is due in court for his first pre-trial hearing on Jan. 11, 2018 at 10 a.m., in the Brown County Court of Common Pleas.