Nick McWilliams reporting – A 30-year old man from Carroll County has been taken into custody in relation to the death of 14-year old Jonathan Minard.
Minard went missing on April 14th, prompting an extensive search, with the teenagers body eventually found on a farm along Mobile Road on the 19th.
Matthew Little, who is believed to be a family friend who worked with Minard on a farm, was taken into custody at the same farm where the 14-year old was found.
Both County Prosecutor Steven Barnett and Sheriff Dale Williams addressed the public on Wednesday evening, but kept many details close to the chest, with Barnett explaining the criminal proceedings are still in their early stages.
“Little is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Because of that presumption, and because of the ethical rules the prosecutors must follow, we will not be commenting on the details or the specifics of the evidence, because it would inappropriate of us to do so.”
Minard’s death was determined to be caused by a fentanyl overdose, and the boy was found in a shallow grave.
Williams thanked all who helped in the search, but offered no extra insight into the events that led to the arrest of Little.
“There were some things that were evident. There were some things that were not evident. But this sheriff, and everyone who worked on this case, was wanting the person or persons that were responsible for Jonathan’s death. And we are there.”
Little faces various counts in the indictment, including involuntary manslaughter, tampering with evidence, corrupting another with drugs by providing Minard with a fentanyl compound and endangering children. He also faces a charge of reckless homicide.
Williams described Little as being unbothered during his arrest.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation helped conduct the investigation.
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