The first person to be charged by Edmonton police with manslaughter in connection with a fentanyl overdose was granted bail Tuesday.
Bail was set at $2,000 cash with conditions. Jordan Yarmey must keep the peace, attend court when required, live with his parents and stay there unless he’s granted written approval. His conditions also dictate he must not use, possess or consume any intoxication substances and be subject to random breath, urine or blood samples. Yarmey cannot possess any type of weapon, a cellphone and must stay in the province of Alberta.
Last week, police announced Yarmey had been charged in connection with the death of 33-year-old Szymon Kalich.
Acting Staff Sgt. Dave Monson alleged the accused supplied the drug to the victim.
Kalich was found dead in the hallway of Yarmey’s south side apartment building on Jan. 27. Autopsy and toxicology results showed he died of a fentanyl overdose.
Yarmey’s parents have been at the Edmonton Law Courts to show support for their son.
They don’t believe their son should be held responsible for Kalich’s death but added they feel awful for Kalich’s family and almost lost their son to the powerful opioid as well.
Danuta Kalich, Szymon’s mother, disagreed. She said she thinks Yarmey knew what he was selling but that her son didn’t know what he was taking.
The next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 15 for an election and plea.