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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A man charged in the death of his girlfriend pleaded
guilty to involuntary manslaughter Monday.
Family of the victim, Stehpanie Hobson, spoke in court Monday. Hobson was
adopted when she was two months old, and her biological sister told the judge
how the two recently connected. A surprise visit was planned, but her sister
said Hobson died before it could happen.
"You should never have to bury your own children," said the victim's father
District Attorney Ben David explained the details of the Hobson's death and
the investigation that followed it.
Leutgens first told sheriff's deputies that his girlfriend bought the
synthetic drug 25i off the Internet, according to David. Leutgens told 911 operators he had been with Hobson
all night and "then all of a sudden" she died.
That story changed when detectives found evidence suggesting otherwise.
The couple took a double dose of the drug after friends who previously took
a single dose from Leutgens told him they didn't feel anything.
Investigators found four videos on Leutgens' phone, which were played for
the judge in court Monday. Those videos, according to prosecutors, first showed
Hobson impaired on the drug and later moaning and unresponsive.
The last video was recorded at about 12:30 p.m. on July 18, 2012. Leutgens wouldn't call
911 until almost an hour later, and after reaching out to other drug users
about Hobson's situation.
The district attorney said Leutgens inability to call for help sooner is the
focus of the criminal charges, but state law does not hold non-married couples
responsible for a duty to act.
David said the defendant put his girlfriend in danger by supplying the drug,
then he failed to help her before it was too late.
Leutgens later told investigators that he didn't call 911 right away because
he was worried about getting in trouble. A new state law protects people
from certain misdemeanor charges when reporting an overdose.
Asking for a lesser sentence, Leutgens' attorney highlighted his mental
health. He has been diagnosed with ADHD, depression, anxiety and Asperger syndrome.
Leutgen's will return to court in Pender County for two DWI charges.
Monday, September 23 2013 3:51 PM EDT2013-09-23 19:51:00 GMT
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The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office says a preliminary autopsy revealed no foul play in the death investigation of a woman living in Tesla Park Apartments.More >>
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