Cab driver arrested in death of Alabama football player

Aaron Douglas
Aaron Douglas

Police in Fernandina Beach, Florida confirm that they've arrested a taxi driver in connection with the death of University of Alabama football player David Aaron Douglas.

Douglas, a Maryville, Tennessee resident was found dead after a light night house party in May.

Investigators say Rodney Young Odum was arrested and charged with Manslaughter and Sale/ Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Methadone) related to Douglas' death.

During their investigation, authorities said they learned of transportation through a local cab service that Douglas used to get the party. It was during the ride that authorities say Odum gave or sold prescription medication to the football player. They specifically cited two Methadone pills in their report.

Douglas' cause of death was listed as multiple drug toxicity, and that the Methadone alone was enough to kill the athlete. Traces of Carisoprodol, Diazepam, Meprobamate, Nordiazepam, Oxycodone, and Cannabinoids were also found during the autopsy, but the Medical Examiner's Office determined no combinations of these drugs would have likely led to death.

The Manslaughter charge was considered by investigators after "opinions of police detectives, the State Attorney's Office, and the Douglas family were considered..."

"The victim clearly shares some responsibility for the reckless behavior that took his life," police said. "However, Mr. Odum reportedly had a reputation as a mobile drug dealer, making it very easy for the victim to locate and ingest the drugs that killed him."

Odum is is currently in custody at the Nassau County Jail, where a bond is set at $50,000.

Four others were arrested in June in connection with this case. Neal P. Clements, 22, Nathanial V. Flanders, 21, Daniel Stouter, 24 and Dana M. Luberto, 23, with hosting the party which Douglas attended. Those individuals were charged with allowing people under 21 to have alcohol and narcotics.

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