Two North Texas teens dead; drug overdose suspected

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by JONATHAN BETZ

WFAA

Posted on January 7, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 7 at 2:58 PM

GRAPEVINE — A 22-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the drug-related deaths of two Southlake Carroll High School students.

Police have charged Cullen Marino with two counts of criminally negligent homicide in the deaths of Kyle McNutt, 17, and Chase Nuñez, 18. Investigators say Marino supplied drugs to his two friends, but then did not call for help after the teens passed out and became unresponsive early Saturday.

“What a reasonable person would do is call 911,” said Grapevine police spokesman Sgt. Robert Eberling. “He chose to just simply move them to another bedroom.”

Detectives don’t know why Marino dragged his friends into a bedroom, but it was a decision that likely doomed them, Eberling said.

“Chances are if they had received that medical attention, they might be here today,” he said.

Police said the three friends consumed a lethal mix of drugs, marijuana and alcohol at Marino’s home in the 700 block of Heather Wood Drive.

On Saturday morning, Marino’s father called paramedics after discovering the two teens' lifeless bodies. Inside the home, detectives found glass pipes and spoons, but said they don’t yet know exactly which drugs the teens consumed.

Marino has been arrested before — in 2008 and 2010 — for possession of marijuana. Police arrested him for driving while intoxicated in March.

Yet, his Facebook page reveals a glimpse that Marino might have wanted to change his life. On Thursday, he wrote that he was trying to stay sober and go back to school.

“Had to refind myself, kinda lost sight of my goals for awhile,” he wrote, “but feeling better errday [sic].”

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