Simon pleads not guilty in friend’s overdose case [UPDATED]Published 4:13am Monday, September 9, 2013 Updated 3:40pm Monday, September 23, 2013
One of two Fergus Falls residents charged after allegedly leaving a friend’s home after she’d overdosed last September entered not guilty pleas Sept. 6 in Otter Tail County District Court.
Travis Charles Simon, 33, is charged with felony second-degree manslaughter, felony first-degree burglary, felony theft and gross misdemeanor interference with a dead body-concealing evidence.
Simon’s attorney submitted a motion to dismiss the second-degree manslaughter charge. Not guilty pleas were entered for the remaining charges.
Melissa Ann Qualley, 32, faces the same charges in the case. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 23.
According to the criminal complaint, Qualley and Simon were doing drugs with a friend at her residence, in the 700 block of South Oak Street in Fergus Falls, on the evening of Sept. 17, 2012. Qualley reportedly saw her friend use at least 20 methadone before she passed out. The victim died of an overdose due to toxic levels of amitriptyline-hydrochloride, according to autopsy results. Qualley thought the victim was sleeping, and she and Simon left, the report says.
They allegedly returned to the residence at 3 a.m. and stole the victim’s narcotics including methadone, vicodin and oxycodone. Qualley later told police that they decided to wait until the next morning to report the death, when they wouldn’t be so high, according to the report.
Qualley and Simon reportedly returned to the victim’s residence later on Sept. 18 and Qualley called 911 at 12:51 p.m., saying she found her friend passed out, unresponsive and cold to the touch.
Simon is also charged with felony predatory offender-knowingly violates registration requirements. A not guilty plea was entered in this case Sept. 6 in Otter Tail County District Court.
According to the criminal complaint, Fergus Falls police May 22 tried to verify Simon’s address in the 500 block of West Cavour Avenue. Simon was convicted of second-degree criminal sexual conduct Sept. 28, 1998 in Todd County.
He’s reportedly required to register with police and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The BCA alleges Simon was non-compliant with requirements because it hadn’t received his yearly address notification paperwork. The BCA reportedly sent a letter to Simon April 15 to verify the address with no response.