BREVARD — A 54-year-old Transylvania County woman faces an involuntary manslaughter charge for her role in the alcohol poisoning of a teenager last year.
A grand jury this week indicted Julie Ann Noble, of Brevard. She was arrested Thursday.
The indictment came after a Sheriff's Office and N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement investigation into the events surrounding the death of 19-year-old Joseph Daniel Furr on Dec. 27.
He was found dead at Noble's home of alcohol poisoning, his father said Friday.
Furr was about to start his sophomore year at Western Carolina University.
“Nothing can bring our precious son back,” said Joe Furr. “However, what we are hoping is that this information might go a long way toward helping educate other families and also warn some other adults who may be putting young people at risk.”
Furr said his son did not have problems with drugs or alcohol and didn't even get a speeding ticket in his four years of driving.
He said his son met Noble's son while working at Connestee Falls golf course last summer. The two became friends, and Daniel Furr started spending time at the Noble house just before Thanksgiving.
Investigators believe there was a small party at the home the night Daniel Furr died.
His blood alcohol level was 0.38 percent, more than four times the legal limit to drive.
Sheriff David Mahoney said he hopes people will learn from the case.
“There is an increasingly common thought that if I can let my kids drink here at home under my supervision, it is somehow safer,” the sheriff said. “But, really, the message I want to say is there is a reason the drinking age is 21. People younger than that really don't have the judgment to make that decision and particularly the decision on when to stop. It is a tragic situation.”
Noble could not be reached for comment on Friday.
Source - http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090711/NEWS01/907110329
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