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3rd Suspect Arrested in Girl's Death on Freeway

The Camarillo man is accused of furnishing a hallucinogen to the victim, who was hit as she walked on the road.

September 11, 2004|From a Times Staff Writer

A third suspect has been arrested in the drug-related death of a Newbury Park teenager, Ventura County sheriff's officials said Friday.

Jonathan Martinez, 19, of Camarillo was arrested Wednesday and booked into Ventura County Jail. His bail was set at $50,000.

Authorities say Martinez furnished Victoria "Tia" Nugent, 17, with hallucinogenic mushrooms. The girl was later fatally struck by a vehicle as she wandered a freeway naked about 3 a.m. Aug. 15, according to police reports.

Brian Mitchell, 19, and Alissa Ruef, 18, both of Thousand Oaks, were arrested Sept. 1.

Mitchell and Ruef were charged with furnishing a controlled substance to a minor. Mitchell was also charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Mitchell and Ruef have pleaded not guilty.

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