A Federal Grand Jury handed up the charges against Shane Dwayne Hadnot, 28, of Jasper, and they were announced Friday at a news conference. Hadnot is charged with conspiracy and distribution of narcotics to Alfred Wright. He is not accused of murder, but is accused of selling Wright drugs that led to his death.
According to the indictment, on Nov. 7, 2013, Alfred Wright was reported missing by his family after his truck broke down in rural Sabine County. Articles of Wright's clothing were found on private land, approximately a mile from where Wright was last seen. After searchers initially failed to locate Wright, his body was found on Nov. 25, 2013 in brush near where his clothing had been found. An investigation into the cause of Wright's disappearance and death revealed his involvement with Shane Hadnot. Phone records, witness statements, and drug evidence located during the search of Shane Hadnot's car, indicated that Hadnot was selling cocaine to Alfred Wright.
During the two-day period before Wright's death, Hadnot and Wright exchanged 20 text messages. The indictment alleges that on Nov. 7, 2013, Wright sent a text message to Hadnot at 12:36 pm requesting to purchase cocaine and other illegal narcotics from Hadnot. Wright went missing approximately five hours later. An autopsy was performed on Wright's body and toxicology testing revealed that Wright's blood contained cocaine, methamphetamine and Xanax. The final autopsy report, and other experts in the fields of pathology, toxicology, and anthropology concluded that Wright's cause of death was an accident due to combined drug intoxication.
If convicted, Hadnot faces a minimum of 20 years in federal prison.
"Alfred Wright was responsible for his own demise. His throat was not cut, his eyes were not punched out, that was made up," said U.S. Attorney John M. Bales Friday as the indictments were announced.
Hadnot appear before Federal Magistrate Keith F. Giblin shortly after the indictments were announced. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
A detention hearing is set for August 13 before Judge Giblin. A pre-trial hearing is set for Sept. 22 before Judge Marcia Crone. Hadnot is represented by Attorney John McElroy.