Person of interest arrested after fatal overdose


GREENWOOD, Ind.–A suspect thought to be connected to the fatal overdose of a Greenwood man was arrested Thursday evening. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office says they responded to a call of an unresponsive person at a residence on Driftwood Lane. Their efforts to revive Nicholas Gemlich were unsuccessful.

Authorities say a friend of the victim, whose cell phone was frequently used by Gemlich, gave them permission to inspect the phone for clues in their investigation of his death. Texts and social media messages were reviewed by investigators. Detectives said one message stood out involving a man named Dawayne Mitchell Dillard, 26, of Greenwood. The suspect had allegedly sold drugs to Gemlich.

Officers contacted Dillard, who was unaware of Gemlich’s overdose, to set up another transaction. Law enforcement officials met Dillard at the agreed-upon location and arrested him. Deputies say Dillard subsequently told them they could find heroin within his vehicle. He was arrested and transported to Johnson County Jail, charged with conspiracy to deal heroin and neglect of a dependent, as a three-year-old girl was with him at the time of his apprehension.

Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox says the prosecutor’s office is reviewing the case as it potentially pertains to the death of Nicholas Gemlich, which could mean additional charges for Dillard.

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