One of three men who were arrested in connection with rapper Mac Miller’s overdose death pleaded not guilty this week.
Cameron Pettit, 28, was arrested last month for allegedly selling Miller the drugs that caused his fatal overdose last year. Pettit was charged with distribution of a controlled substance and entered a not guilty plea during an appearance in federal court in Los Angeles on Thursday, according to the Associated Press.
Pettit was joined in court by his attorney, and did not speak beyond answering questions from the judge, the outlet reports. When approached by reporters outside of court, Pettit’s attorney declined to offer a comment to the Associated Press.
Miller, whose real name was Malcolm James McCormic, died from an overdose on Sept. 7, 2018, with a coroner later confirming that the 26-year-old rapper had a toxic mix of fentanyl, cocaine, ethanol and other drugs in his system when he died.
Aside from Pettit, two other men have been charged for their alleged involvement in the drug deal that ultimately cost Miller his life: Ryan Reavis, 36, of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, was the second to be arrested, followed closely by Stephen Walter, 46, of Los Angeles.
After police searched Reavis’ home and discovered a physician’s prescription pad, drugs, drug paraphernalia and firearms, Reavis was arrested on Sept. 23 and hit with a slew of charges that include possession of marijuana and possession of prescription drugs, according to the Havasu News.
Walter was arrested soon after on charges of conspiracy and attempt to distribute a controlled substance, Rolling Stone reports. Walter is alleged to have sold the counterfeit oxycodone pills that were laced with fentanyl to Pettit, who then allegedly sold them to Miller; Reavis is alleged to have acted as a “runner” between the two, according to a criminal complaint obtained by the outlet.
Walter was set appear in court on Thursday at the same time as Pettit, but did not attend the hearing; he is currently being held in a San Diego federal prison on a different case, where he has been subjected to a quarantine related to the spread of mumps, the Associated Press reports.
Walter is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 31. An arraignment date for Reavis has yet to be set, and neither party has entered a plea, according to the outlet. If convicted, each man reportedly faces a minimum sentence of 20 years in federal prison, and life without parole is also a possibility.
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