Oct 7, 2011 6:48 PM by Sharon Knight
DENVER (AP) - Denver coroner's officials say a man whose friends are accused of driving him around while he was dead and running up a bar tab on his account had died of mixed drug intoxication.
Officials said Friday the manner of death of 43-year-old Jeffrey Jarrett was accidental. Prosecutors filed criminal charges, including one of abusing a corpse, against 43-year-old Robert Young and 25-year-old Mark Rubinson. Young testified Thursday that he thought Jarrett was drunk, not deceased.
Authorities allege Young went to Jarrett's home and found him unresponsive but that instead of calling police Young and Rubinson put him in a car and went drinking. Police say the two used
Jarrett's card to pay for drinks Aug. 27.
An autopsy notes when Jarrett was declared dead but not when he died.