Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ohio Man Indicted in Friend's Fatal Pill Overdose; He Led a 25-Person Group to Florida in a Church-Type Bus

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ohio Man Indicted in Friend's Fatal Pill Overdose; He Led a 25-Person Group to Florida in a Church-Type Bus

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Byline: PAUL PINKHAM and KATE HOWARD

An Ohio man was indicted Thursday in the overdose death of a man who was with a group brought to Jacksonville to buy oxycodone at a pain clinic later closed by authorities.

A federal grand jury in Jacksonville charged Krystopher Adrian Legg, 27, of Columbus, with conspiracy and aiding the distribution of oxycodone causing the death of Robert Lee Johnson, 25.

Johnson, also from Columbus, died April 20 in the bathtub of a Northside motel after visiting Duval Wellness Center at 48th and Main streets, where he was prescribed 300 oxycodone pills. The center, shut down by authorities in July, was one of several in Jacksonville that catered to drug buyers from Ohio, Kentucky and other states who came looking for cheap prescriptions to use and resell, a Times-Union investigation found in September.

Jacksonville police who investigated Johnson's death said he was with a group of 25 Ohioans in five vehicles.

For about six months before he died, Johnson traveled with a group led by Legg on a small bus that resembled a church vehicle, his widow told the Times-Union on Thursday. Amber Johnson said Legg distributed T-shirts with a church name on them while they were en route to Florida. They took them off before leaving the bus, she said.

She was relieved to hear about the prosecution, in part because she feels most of the people on the trip didn't do enough to save her husband as he started to seize.

"Robert made the decision to go down there himself. He made the decision to take the pills himself. But the people in the room with him, I think they deserve to get in trouble, too," said Johnson, the mother of Robert Johnson's two sons.

A recovering addict herself, Johnson said she always feared the Florida trips would end in arrests, or worse.

"I think that's really wrong of Krys, taking all those people down there."

Federal authorities, including the U.S. Attorney's Office and Jacksonville's top DEA agent, declined comment on the indictment. But police reports from the time of Johnson's death show Legg was interviewed and told officers the group came to Jacksonville to visit the beach. …

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