Charges dismissed against Farmington man in fatal overdose case

Steve Garrison The Daily Times
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — The San Juan County District Attorney's Office dismissed charges last month against Dusty Taylor, one of two men accused of fatally injecting a friend with heroin.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Dustin O'Brien confirmed Thursday two drug trafficking charges against Taylor, 28, were dismissed Aug. 12 for lack of evidence.

O'Brien said Taylor's co-defendant, Allen Goosen, remains accused of one count of drug trafficking in connection to the overdose death of Bryan Sutton.

"Depending on what evidence we uncover in preparation for Goosen's case, charges may or may not be refiled (against Taylor)," O'Brien said.

As previously reported, Sutton died the night of Nov. 30 at the San Juan Regional Medical Center after hosting a party at his home on North Carlton Avenue in Farmington.

A partygoer told detectives Sutton, 28, was extremely drunk at the party, but he insisted on being injected with heroin. The partygoer claimed Taylor and Goosen injected the man with heroin, causing Sutton to overdose.

Goosen admitted to injecting Sutton with heroin. but claimed Taylor helped him do so. Taylor denied involvement in Sutton's death and said the accusations hurt him and his family.

"I had nothing to do with it," Taylor said, adding later, "I took him to the hospital. Everyone else, they didn't seem to care."

Taylor said Goosen told detectives he was involved to try and get himself out of jail.

"He threw my name under the bus," Taylor said.

Attorney Arlon Stoker is representing Goosen in the drug trafficking case.

"We have no comment, other than to say (Goosen) made no false statements," Stoker said.

Goosen is set to appear at trial on Oct. 20.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and Follow him on Twitter @SteveGarrisonDT on Twitter.