Port Townsend drug case pushed out to 2020

Adam Michael Kelly signs waiver of speedy trial

PORT TOWNSEND — A Port Townsend man facing separate December trials for drug-related charges, including controlled substances homicide, now may face a jury as late as next June.

Adam Michael Kelly, 38, signed a waiver of his right to a speedy trial Friday before Commissioner Stephen W. Gillard in Jefferson County Superior Court.

Prosecutors said Kelly provided the lethal dose of heroin in March that led to the death of Port Townsend musician Jarrod Bramson, 43.

Amended documents filed Nov. 8 include 17 felony charges, including the possession of methamphetamine and two counts of possession of heroin.

Kelly remains in the Jefferson County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Kelly also is charged with the sale, delivery or possession with intent to sell several legend drugs, with separate counts for Aromasin, Clomid, Dianabol, Sustanon Primobolan, Trenbolone and Boldenone.

Aromasin is most commonly used to treat breast cancer in post-menopausal women, and Clomid is a women’s infertility drug. The others are steroids.

Additional counts include the manufacturing of counterfeit substances within 1,000 feet of a school bus stop for each of the legend drugs Kelly is charged with possessing.

Kelly also is charged with two counts of possession of a punch die to allegedly reproduce the trademark of Xanax and Alprazolam, and the unlawful use of a building for drug purposes.

Seven of the charges are Class B felonies, punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine, and 10 charges are Class C felonies, with a maximum of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

Kelly’s charges were split Nov. 8 into separate trials that were scheduled to begin Dec. 16 and Dec. 30, but those dates were canceled Friday.

A status hearing was scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Feb. 28, when new trial dates likely will be set.

Judge Keith Harper denied a motion from defense attorney Richard Davies on Nov. 1 to suppress information based on what Davies argued was an illegal seizure and protective sweep of Kelly’s home in the 1400 block of 12th Street in Port Townsend.

The decision followed nearly five hours of testimony in a special evidence hearing Oct. 17 during which Port Townsend Police Sgt. Jason Greenspane and Detective Jon Stuart explained the process of their investigation March 28, 2019, when Bramson was found unresponsive and pronounced dead at Jefferson Healthcare hospital.


Jefferson County Managing Editor Brian McLean can be reached at 360-385-2335, ext. 6, or at bmclean@peninsuladailynews.com.