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Florida man, 27, is indicted for first-degree murder after he bought fentanyl-laced heroin

Man, 27, is indicted by a Florida grand jury for first-degree murder after he bought fentanyl-laced heroin for a friend, 19, who he watched overdose before dropping her ‘lifeless body’ at a hospital

  • Daniel Bachert, 27, was indicted on first-degree murder by a grand jury on Friday for the January death of 19-year-old Jessica Ackerman
  • In March, local authorities arrested Bachert and he was later charged with manslaughter 
  • But those charged were upped by a grand jury once judicial proceedings resumed after they stopped due to COVID-19 
  • Investigators determined Bachert purchased the heroin that he and Ackerman used on January 21 in his home in the Altamonte Springs area 

Daniel Bachert, 27, was indicted on first-degree murder by a grand jury on Friday for the January death of 19-year-old Jessica Ackerman

A Florida man has been charged with the murder of a 19-year-old woman who he allegedly bought fentanyl-laced heroin for, failing to call for help after she began overdosing on the drugs. 

Daniel Bachert, 27, was indicted on first-degree murder by a grand jury on Friday for the January death of 19-year-old Jessica Ackerman. 

In March, local authorities arrested Bachert. Investigators determined that he bought the drugs and waited hours after Ackerman’s overdose before he took her ‘lifeless body’ to an area hospital, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Prosecutors formally charged Bachert with manslaughter over the summer and he was able to post $15,000 bail in early September after pleading not guilty. Conditions of the bail required him to wear a GPS monitor and to attend drug rehabilitation, according to court records.

Seminole County’s grand jury upped the charges against Bachert once judicial proceedings started, having halted due to COVID-19. Florida law allows for only grand juries to formally charge defendants with first-degree murder.

 Circuit Judge Melanie Chase has ordered Bachert to stay at the treatment facility. 

Text messages between the two revealed that Ackerman asked Bachert to buy the heroin

Ackerman's 'lifeless body' was taken to a local hospital

Investigators determined Bachert purchased the heroin that he and Ackerman used on January 21 in his home in the Altamonte Springs area

Bachert is described as being a small-scale dealer who sold in order to feed his own drug habit, according to prosecutors. 

Seminole County Sheriff’s Office investigators determined that Bachert purchased the heroin that he and Ackerman used on January 21 in his home in the Altamonte Springs area, according to his arrest report.

Text messages between the two revealed the woman asked Bachert to buy the heroin. 

The report says that Bachert realized Ackerman was overdosing on the drug – laced with a potent synthetic opioid fentanyl – but did not seek immediate medical help, his roommate told detectives. 

Bachert is also charged with possession of fentanyl and resisting an officer without violence. 

His arrest affidavit stated he was found with several syringes and bags filled with drugs and did not comply with officers’ commands.  

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