- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A man who pleaded not guilty to giving a 17-year-old girl a powerful painkiller that caused her death at a New Hampshire motel is expected to change his plea.

Mark Ross is charged in the death of Evangelique “Eve” Tarmey, who died in a Rochester motel of acute fentanyl intoxication in October.

Ross has pleaded not guilty in federal court and has a July trial date, along with a co-defendant. But he recently was scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing July 18.

Messages left for his lawyers were not immediately returned.

Deputy U.S. Attorney Donald Feith said he couldn’t discuss developments in the case until a plea agreement is filed.

Jazzmyn Rood, Tarmey’s mother and Ross’ girlfriend, is charged with concealing knowledge and giving false information to police about the drug’s distribution. She has pleaded not guilty and faces trial in September.

Co-defendant Leslie Aberle is still scheduled for trial in July. He also has pleaded not guilty.

The cases originated in state court before being transferred to federal court, where the potential penalties are more severe. Last year, a Rochester police detective testified that Ross said that he, Aberle and Tarmey drove to Massachusetts to buy heroin. Tarmey had planned to meet up with her boyfriend there, but he didn’t show.

The detective testified that Ross said the three returned to the motel, and he and Aberle injected themselves with heroin before he injected Rood. Ross told police that Tarmey was upset about not seeing her boyfriend and that Aberle gave Ross what he said he thought was heroin “to shut her up.” He told police that after Tarmey took the drug, he fell asleep then awoke later to find her dead.

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This story has been corrected to show that Jazzmyn Rood is Mark Ross’s girlfriend, not boyfriend.

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