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December 6, 2019

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Preliminary examination in overdose death case set for Oct. 31

Jamie Taylor
River News Reporter

A preliminary hearing to determine if there is probable cause for the case against a 59-year-old St. Germain man accused of providing the drugs that led to an overdose death to move forward has been scheduled for Oct. 31.

The defendant, Bradley F. Noble, appeared via video from the Oneida County Jail Friday for an adjourned initial appearance while his court-appointed attorneys Jessica Phelps and Katena Roberts-Turner were in the courtroom.

Noble is charged with reckless homicide, two counts of possession of narcotic drugs, possession with intent to deliver narcotic drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. All but the last charge are felonies.

Noble's original attorney, David Penn, withdrew from the case on Sept. 9, the original date for the preliminary hearing.

A trio of motions filed by Penn in the case where Noble is alleged to have provided the drugs that led a 2018 overdose death along with several drug possession charges resulting from a recent traffic stop caused the rescheduling of another preliminary hearing Aug. 26.

The motions sought to dismiss count one, dismiss duplicate counts and sever the lesser charges and try them separately from count 1.

Noble was charged Aug. 14.

The reckless homicide charge is related to the Feb. 22, 2018 death of Wesley F. Hoeft, who, according to the criminal complaint, died as a result of ingesting heroin allegedly provided by Noble that also contained fentanyl.

At Friday's hearing, Roberts-Turner asked Judge Patrick O'Melia about the motions Penn filed.

The judge said the new defense attorneys can refile the motions if they feel they still have merit.

According to the criminal complaint, Noble was pulled over by an Oneida County deputy Aug. 12 in the town of Monico after a routine check of the vehicle's registration showed Noble as the owner, that his driver's license was suspended and that he had an active arrest warrant out of Vilas County.

During the stop, small quantities of heroin and fentanyl, along with cocaine, were allegedly found on his person. He also allegedly told the deputy that he had "snorted" some of both drugs earlier in the day.

Based on what was found on Noble's person after he was taken into custody, the vehicle he was driving was searched by law enforcement.

The personnel who conducted the search allegedly found sizable quantities of heroin and fentanyl, cocaine, oxycodone, a digital scale and numerous items used for the consumption of various drugs.

The vehicle was impounded and taken to the Oneida County Sheriff's Department garage while Noble was taken to the jail where he was placed through field sobriety tests, according to the criminal complaint.

A blood sample was also taken at Ascension Saint Mary's Hospital before he was booked into the jail.

The criminal complaint also includes a detailed account of the events of Feb. 22, 2018 ending with the death of Hoeft.

Noble remains in the Oneida County Jail in lieu of $40,000 cash.

If convicted of the reckless homicide charge, Noble faces up to 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

He was also issued traffic citations for operating under the influence and operating while suspended which will track along with the criminal case.

Jamie Taylor may be reached via email at jamie@rivernewsonline.


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