UPDATE: James Kelly Harbison, 52, was arrested on October 1, 2019, for his connection to the 2018 fatal overdose of Erik Patty.

According to an affidavit, a group of friends, including Patty, came to a house to consume drugs purchased by Harbison.

When questioned by police, Harbison initially fabricated a story that blamed the drug supplying on someone else but eventually admitted to what really happened.

During an investigation interview, Harbison said Patty was at his (Harbison) residence at the time of the overdose.

Harbison admitted to not getting medical assistance for Patty immediately and waited a long time before going to the hospital.

When Harbison took Patty's body to the hospital, he discarded the body between two cars in hopes that someone would find it.

After dumping his body, Harbison said he called the police to report the overdose.

The affidavit says it took 19 minutes for medical staff to find Patty's body due to vague details Harbison gave to authorities.

During the investigation, police found that Harbison had indeed supplied the drugs.

Harbison was charged with Tampering/Fabricating Evidence and Filing False Reports.


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James Kelly Harbison, 52, was arrested on October 1, 2019, and charged with Tampering/Fabricating Evidence and Filing False Reports.

According to police, 37-year-old Erik Patty was found alone and unresponsive in a hospital parking lot on March 28, 2018.

Patty received medical attention but was pronounced deceased on April 1, 2018.

After an extensive follow-up investigation, police arrested Harbison.

Harbison is not charged with causing Patty's death.

Harbison is currently booked at the Hamilton County Jail.

This is a developing story.