LACONIA – The trial of a former Meredith man accused of selling heroin to a man who later died of an overdose was postponed Monday because one of the key witnesses in the case is hospitalized.
Andrew Currier, 51, now of Laconia, is charged with one count of sales of heroin – death resulting was scheduled for trial yesterday morning. He is accused of selling the heroin that caused the death of Moultonborough resident Jason Dostie.
Dostie was found dead in the back seat of his father's pickup truck. However, the subsequent investigation by Meredith Police determined the sale of the heroin allegedly took place in Meredith.
Multiple sources said that the ailing key witness is Dostie's father, John, who found his son's body in the back of his pickup.
The prosecution has tried to limit John Dostie's testimony by saying it doesn't want the jury to know that when John Dostie couldn't initially find his son, he called the Meredith Police to see if he had been arrested.
Prosecutors have said that the senior Dostie's notion that his son could have been arrested was speculative on his part and could prejudice the jury against the victim.
At the time of his death, Jason Dostie was on probation, and defense counsel has argued that the jury has the right to know this, and that is why when his father couldn't find him he assumed he had been arrested.
According to other motions filed by the state, Dostie was at work when he allegedly exchanged text messages with Currier – telling him to leave the drugs in his parked truck and take a leaf blower that was in the truck as collateral.
The state has also sought to present testimony from three people who worked with Jason Dostie who they said will testify that he had asked them to alert him if they saw someone come to his truck and take the leaf blower. He allegedly told them that he was selling the leaf blower for some cash which would be left for him in the truck.
Currier's trial is tentatively scheduled for January.