Astoria man pleads not guilty to role in heroin overdose

Sean Anthony Hill

The Astoria man arrested last week for delivery of heroin in connection to an overdose death of a Warrenton man pleaded not guilty Monday in Clatsop County Circuit Court.

Sean Anthony Hill, 26, pleaded not guilty to five counts. The charges are unlawful delivery of heroin, unlawful delivery of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of heroin and two counts of unlawful possession of methamphetamine.

Hill is accused of being the one who allegedly provided heroin to Matthew Norris, 24, who was found dead from an apparent heroin overdose at a residence on the 4600 block of Cedar Street in Astoria.

The exact cause of Norris’ death is pending toxicology results from the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office.

Upon his arrest, Hill was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine, leading to the related charges.

According to the Clatsop County District Attorney’s Office, Hill will not be charged with homicide or manslaughter, but can still face prison time for the drug charges.

Hill remains in custody on $50,000 bail. His next court hearing is an early resolution conference later this month.

The Astoria Police Department is still seeking additional information regarding the case. People with information are asked to contact Detective Nicole Riley at 503-298-2533 or by email at nriley@astoria.or.us.

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