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Guilty Verdict in Drug Induced Death Case

October 15, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland announces a guilty verdict in the trial of Christopher R. Small and Christopher M. Verity regarding the drug induced death of Kevin MacFarlane.

The jury verdict was received on Friday October 11, 2019 after a three week long trial in front of the Honorable Christopher Gibson in the Cape May County Superior Court.

On October 3, 2018, the body of Kevin MacFarlane was discovered and a homicide investigation was conducted by Detectives from the New Jersey State Police and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office.  The investigation revealed MacFarlane, a resident of Avalon, died as a result of a drug overdose which then lead to the arrest of Small and Verity.

On October 11, 2019, Christopher R. Small, a 41 year old resident of Marmora, New Jersey, and Christopher M. Verity, a 37 year old resident of Dennisville, New Jersey, were found guilty of Strict Liability for Drug-Induced Death, a crime of the first degree and Conspiracy to commit Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance a crime of the third degree.

Small was additionally found guilty of Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, a crime of the third degree and Verity was additionally found guilty of two counts of Endangering an Injured Victim, a crime of the third degree.

Both Small and Verity could be sentenced to 10 to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison for the first degree Drug-Induced Death charges along with consecutive 5 year terms for the third degree Distribution, Conspiracy, and Endangering charges.  Small and Verity are both extended term eligible and at the time of sentencing the Judge could also sentence them to life in prison.

Prosecutor Sutherland would like to thank the New Jersey State Police, the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Detectives and Assistant Prosecutor Edward Shim, who successfully prosecuted this case.  Prosecutor Sutherland said his office will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute all individuals involved in selling dangerous drugs which result in overdose deaths in Cape May County.