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Two indicted on involuntary manslaughter

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A Martinsville man’s sister and another woman were indicted in connection with his January death.

Indictments naming Barbara Basha Arthur and Judy (no middle name listed) Bradley were among those unsealed Friday, according to records in the Martinsville Circuit Court Clerk’s Office.

Because of the weekend and Veterans Day holiday, the indictments were not available until Tuesday.

Arthur, 47, of 280 Green Acres Court, Martinsville, and Bradley, 54, of 120 Wilson Ave., Martinsville, each were indicted on one count involuntary manslaughter and other charges in connection with the Jan. 5 death of Nicholas “Nick” Louis Basha, 54.

Interim Martinsville Police Chief Eddie Cassady said officers responded to 910 Spruce St. to a call of an unresponsive person on Jan. 5.

“Mr. Basha was pronounced dead around 11:12 a.m.” that day, Cassady said.

An autopsy determined that Basha died from acute fentanyl intoxication, Cassady said.

Basha “did not have a prescription for fentanyl,” Cassady added.

Fentanyl is used to manage moderate to severe pain, usually in people who have chronic pain, according to the WebMD website. It often is used when other pain medicines no longer work, the site added.

Arthur, who was listed as Basha’s sister in his obituary, also was indicted on two counts each perjury (in connection with allegedly false statements made to the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles in connection with Basha’s vehicles, the indictment stated) and obtaining property by false pretense, all on Jan. 31; and one count each conspiracy and distribute fentanyl, Jan. 4-5 .

Bradley also was indicted on one count each conspiracy and distribute fentanyl, Jan. 4- 5, court records showed.

Basha was a graduate of Martinsville High School and worked as a bus driver for the Henry County School System, according to his obituary.

He was of the Greek Orthodox faith and also was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Amvets, Elks Club and Fontaine Ruritan Club, the obituary stated.

An indictment does not indicate guilt. It is a grand jury’s determination that enough evidence exists to warrant a trial.


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