GEORGETOWN, Ohio – A man has been indicted on charges related to the death of an Aberdeen man in 2012.
Ronald Fizer was indicted last week on one count of reckless homicide and one count of involuntary manslaughter, both third-degree felonies.
According to previous reports, on May, 2012, Justen Ryan Ramsey, 22, of Aberdeen had returned to the area from a job site out of state and met up with a female friend in Aberdeen.
Ramsey was found unresponsive on May 3, 2012 at Fizer’s home in Aberdeen. He was taken to Meadowview Regional Medical Center in Maysville where he was declared dead.
At the time, the Mason County Coroner determined the cause of death to be a heroin overdose.
The case was originally in the hands of the Aberdeen Police Department but was eventually transferred to the Brown County Prosecutor’s Office in 2015 due to the APD being understaffed, according to the APD Police Chief at the time.
The case was turned over to Buddy Coburn, an investigator with the Brown County Prosecutor’s Office, who investigated older cases.
“…we have limited resources and manpower to do the investigation,” said Brandon Swayne, APD Chief in 2015. “It is not that it is not important, it is just (Coburn) is better suited to handle this.”
Fizer’s family had no comment other than to thank the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, the Brown County Prosecutor’s Office and everyone who helped with the case.
Fizer is currently being held at the Brown County Jail on a $30,000 cash or surety bond. His first pre-trial hearing is scheduled for April 13 at 8:30 a.m.