Suspect in overdose death identified.

February 8, 2016


By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief.

LUDINGTON — Jacob James Walton, 24, of Muskegon, has been arraigned in 79th District Court in connection with the overdose death of a 28-year-old Ludington resident. Adam Johnson died of a heroin overdose on Jan. 22, 2016 in Pere Marquette Township. Walton has been charged with one count of delivery of a controlled substance (heroin) causing death, a felony punishable by up to life in prison, along with a felony charge of using computers to commit a crime, which is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Johnson died following the overdose in the 400 block of South Pere Marquette Highway on Jan. 22, 2016. Personnel from Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Pere Marquette Fire Department and Life EMS responded to the scene where he was found not breathing and was later pronounced dead at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital.

Walton is being held on $150,000 cash bond. A preliminary examination in 79th District Court is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. on Feb. 24. He is currently lodged in the Muskegon County Jail on unrelated charges and was expected to be arraigned today in 79th District Court.

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