- Associated Press - Monday, June 23, 2014

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) - Two northern New Jersey men have pleaded not guilty to charges they caused the fatal overdose of a man who they allegedly had sold heroin.

Twenty-year-old Timothy Volpe and 19-year-old Kaleik Easton initially were charged with heroin distribution. But Bergen County prosecutors later upgraded the charges against the two Paterson residents to manslaughter, conspiracy to distribute heroin and strict liability for a drug-induced death.

Prosecutors say the pair sold heroin to 22-year-old Brendan Cole in January, and he was found dead the next day in his family’s Allendale home. Volpe and Easton were arrested a few days later when they allegedly sold heroin to an undercover officer.

Volpe and Easton entered their not guilty pleas on Monday in Superior Court in Paterson.

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