- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A Texas man accused of selling synthetic drugs that resulted in the overdose deaths of two teens in North Dakota is asking to drop his appeal.

Charles Carlton, of Katy, Texas, was sentenced two years ago to 20 years in prison for selling the drugs authorities linked to the June 2012 deaths of 18-year-old Christian Bjerk, of Grand Forks, and 17-year-old Elijah Stai, of Park Rapids, Minnesota.

Authorities say Carlton sold the drugs to customers in every state. He was one of 15 people convicted in the case.

Carlton’s appeal said his lawyer did a poor job of representing him and listed seven reasons why the sentence should be thrown out or reduced.

Court documents show that Carlton changed his mind after numerous discussions with defense attorney Stormy Vickers.

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