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Two Columbus women arrested following investigation into death of inmate

Two Columbus women were arrested on charges related to a death investigation that began on October 7, 2017 when an inmate, Angela Blair, 42, of Elizabethtown died while in custody at the Bartholomew County Jail.

The investigation was conducted by Detective Christopher Howell, Indiana State Police-Versailles.  The Bartholomew County Coroner’s Office ruled that Blair died of methamphetamine intoxication.  The investigation further revealed that Debin Paige Gabbard, 27, of Columbus smuggled methamphetamine into the jail when she was arrested on October 5, 2017.  Gabbard allegedly gave the drugs to Mary L. Snyder, 19, of Columbus.  Snyder then provided methamphetamine to Blair while they were housed together in the jail.  Blair collapsed and passed away soon after obtaining the methamphetamine from Snyder.


At the conclusion of the investigation, the case was presented to the Bartholomew County Prosecutor’s Office.  As a result, warrants were issued on February 8 for both Gabbard and Snyder.  Friday, the warrants were served on both women who were still incarcerated.  Gabbard was still incarcerated at the Bartholomew County Jail while Snyder had been transferred to Rockville Correctional Facility where she is serving time on an unrelated charge.

Gabbard was arrested on charges of Dealing Methamphetamine, Level 5 Felony, Trafficking with an Inmate, Level 5 Felony, Possession of a Narcotic Drug, Level 6 Felony, and Possession of Methamphetamine, Level 6 Felony.  Snyder was charged with one count of Possession of Methamphetamine, Level 6 Felony.

Both women will remain incarcerated, pending their initial court appearances in Bartholomew County.

The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, Bartholomew County Coroner’s Office, and the Bartholomew County Prosecutor’s Office.

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