Former UO student cleared in fellow student’s overdose

Student sold fellow student drugs

FILE -- Entrance of University of Oregon in Eugene. (uoregon.edu)
FILE -- Entrance of University of Oregon in Eugene. (uoregon.edu)

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – A judge has cleared a former University of Oregon student of wrongdoing in the death of a fellow student who suffered an overdose at his apartment in 2014.

The Register-Guard reports prosecutors had tried to blame Kevin Christopher Post, a pre-med student at the time, for Cody Bennett’s death. They argued that Post was responsible because he had given Bennett an unregulated, anti-anxiety drug shortly before he overdosed.

A judge determined Thursday that prosecutors failed to prove Post’s drug dealing caused the fatal accident.

A medical examiner had ruled Bennett died from a mixture of cocaine and alcohol that he consumed before arriving at Post’s apartment.

The 25-year-old Post is charged in a separate case and pleaded guilty last week to possessing and selling LSD and psychedelic mushrooms.