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2 arrested after fatal overdose in LaPlace

LAPLACE — Two area men are facing murder charges and a St. James Parish woman is dead following a Saturday morning drug binge that turned fatal, authorities said.

Curtis Keating, 28, of Reserve and Kurt Roussel, 29, of St. James Parish, were arrested this weekend by St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies after “an accidental drug overdose” led to the death of Katie Kinler, a 24-year-old from St. James Parish, Sheriff Mike Tregre said in a release.

Curtis Keating

Curtis Keating

According to authorities, Kinler died Saturday at a LaPlace motel in the 900 block of East Airline Highway after deputies responded to a medical emergency at 4:32 a.m.

Kurt Roussel

Kurt Roussel

The complainant, Kurt Roussel, told deputies Kinler was unresponsive, laying on the floor in the room, Tregre said.

Emergency services arrived and performed CPR, and the St. John Coroner’s Office pronounced Kinler deceased on the scene.

Detectives learned Kinler and Roussel had used heroin during their investigation, Tregre said, adding a search of the room led deputies to find a small clear bag containing heroin residue, marijuana, a Smith and Wesson 40 caliber handgun, a clear glass pipe, a green glass pipe with residue inside the bulb and a syringe.

Roussel told deputies he left the motel and drove to Curtis Keating’s residence in Reserve to obtain heroin.

Tregre said detectives arrested Roussel Saturday for second degree murder.

Roussel was also booked with possession of heroin, possession of methamphetamine less than 28 grams, possession of a firearm/carrying a concealed weapon, illegal carrying of weapon with a controlled dangerous substance, and possession or distribution of drug paraphernalia.

He is being held at the Sherman Walker Corrections Center in lieu of a $526,500 bond.

Keating was arrested Saturday for principal to second degree murder, possession or distribution of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute heroin.

He is being held in custody at the Sherman Walker Corrections Center in lieu of a $514,000 bond.