PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A bail hearing began Tuesday for a man accused of selling a woman heroin laced with a deadly dose of a dangerous painkiller.
Aaron Andrade has pleaded not guilty to several charges, including murder, in the death of Kristen Coutu of Cranston.
Coutu died in Feb. 2014 from a drug overdose in her car near Farmington Avenue. Investigators said the substance he gave Coutu contained fentanyl, a powerful painkiller being blamed for the recent rise in overdoses in the region.
Coutu’s mother took the stand Tuesday, revealing how her daughter’s friends at a bar got her to start using cocaine. Afraid she would become a user, Coutu went through rehab, but afterwards she started dating a heroin user.
“She wanted to help him shake the heroin habit, and instead ended up getting hooked on heroin,” said Suzanne Coutu.
The night her daughter died, Coutu said she asked her how she looked before going out.
“Asked me how she looked, and I said beautiful as always,” she recalled.
The hearing is to determine if Andrade should be granted bail. It’s slated to resume on Wednesday.