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Hearing on drug charges delayed

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A pretrial conference scheduled Monday in a drug-related case against 30-year-old Thomas W. Gorski of Columbus was postponed in Bartholomew Circuit Court and hasn’t immediately been rescheduled.

Gorski is set to face a jury trial on three drug charges April 16 in Judge Stephen Heimann’s court. The judge was out of the office on Monday, and several pretrial conferences, all set for 11:15 a.m., will have to be reset, a court clerk said.

In early December, Gorski was charged with possession of a controlled substance, reckless possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance after police found what appeared to be drug materials in his home, which Gorski was sharing with 21-year-old Rachel McCue at the time.

Police searched property a few hours after responding to a 911 call for medical help at the home in the 2800 block of Lamplight Drive when McCue found her 19-month-old son lifeless in a back room. Gorski, 30, had been living with the toddler’s mom in the Candlelight Village mobile home park, police said.

Columbus police and paramedics rushed to the home at 8:24 p.m. Nov. 25 after the mother told authorities her son didn’t appear to be breathing. The toddler was pronounced dead later that night at Columbus Regional Hospital.

A probable-cause affidavit filed in the court record said police found drug devices, a metal marijuana grinder, rolling papers, pills, a bag of marijuana plant material and a white powder believed to be crushed hydrocodone — an active ingredient in the pain killer Vicodin — after searching the Lamplight Drive property.

Gorski has not been charged with a crime in connection with the 19-month-old’s death. Preliminary autopsy results from the Bartholomew County coroner suggested the boy died of a head injury, but police haven’t released any further details about the case in recent weeks.

What’s next

  • A pretrial conference originally set for Monday will be rescheduled.
  • Change-of-plea hearing scheduled for 9:45 a.m. April 1.
  • A jury trial is set for April 16, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Source: Bartholomew County Circuit Court

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