Scottville man accused of causing drug death bound over to circuit court. 

July 10, 2022


Scottville man accused of causing drug death bound over to circuit court. 

LUDINGTON — A 32-year-old Scottville man accused of causing the death of another Scottville man through drugs, has been bound over to circuit court following a preliminary hearing in 79th District Court last week. On March 9, 2022, Clinton John Taylor of 208 E. State St., was arrested by Scottville Police Department and arraigned on felony charges of delivery of a controlled substance causing death and habitual offender second offense. The penalty for the charges is imprisonment up to life and any term of years.

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The charges stem from the drug overdose death of Jacob Howe, 28 in the 400 block of West Third Street on May 1, 2021. According to the medical examiner’s report, fetanyl was a contributing factor in Howe’s death. Taylor is accused of driving Howe to a drug dealer, paid for the drugs and supplied the drugs to Howe. Howe lived at Glendale Apartments, 400 W. Third St., in Scottville. The medical examiner found that Howe had been dead for about a day before he was found. 

Following the hearing, held Friday, July 8, District Court Judge John Middlebrook found there was enough evidence for the matter to be sent to circuit court. In circuit court Taylor will have an opportunity to plea guilty or not guilty. A not guilty plea will mean the case will go to trial.

Taylor’s original bail was set at $50,000. He is currently out of jail on bond.

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