Drug dealer found not guilty in man's death

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A man accused in federal court of selling pills that led to a man's death was found not guilty of that count today following a jury trial.

David Best, 28, of Robinson, however, was found guilty on all other counts against him, including conspiracy to distribute Opana and oxycodone, possession with intent to distribute, brandishing a firearm while drug trafficking, and burglary of a pharmacy.

He will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Arthur E. Schwab at a later date.

Mr. Best's trial began April 1 and included testimony from a fellow dealer who described how he broke into Med-Fast Pharmacy in Baden, and how he shared crushed pills with Chris Radford just hours before the man died May 9, 2012.

The prosecution argued that Mr. Best was responsible for Radford's death.

But Mr. Best's defense attorney, Stanton Levenson, said his client did not sell Radford any drugs he may have taken during that time and therefore was not responsible for his death.

Paula Reed Ward: pward@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2620.

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