A Fayette County Judge has granted the motion for nominal bail for a man who allegedly sold heroin that caused a woman’s death as he was incarcerated longer than allowed prior to trial.

Fayette County Senior Judge Gerald Solomon granted the motion for Matthew Joseph Brumley, 28, of Brownsville, to be placed on nominal bond following a hearing July 5 in which his attorney, Peter J. Daley, argued that Brumley had been in prison longer than 180 days, as he was placed in jail on April 3, 2018.

In Solomon’s opinion and order, he stated that while any delays caused by the defendant are excluded from the computation of the length of pretrial incarceration, any other delays, including ones from the prosecution, are included.

“For the record, it is clear that Defendant has been held in pretrial incarceration well in excess of 180 days from the date on which the complaint was filed in this matter after excluding the periods of delay caused by the defendant,” wrote Solomon.

Police charged Brumley with drug delivery resulting in death for the Aug. 4, 2017, death of Jennifer K. Ward. Police said Ward died from combined toxicity of fentanyl, morphine, buprenorphine and Benadryl at her Point Marion apartment.

Ward’s husband reportedly told police he bought the drugs at Brumley’s home.

During the motions hearing, the prosecution opposed the bid for nominal bond, arguing that because of the nature of the charges and because of other charges filed against Brumley, he is a flight risk and a danger to the community.

Brumley is currently free on nominal bond as he’s awaiting trial scheduled to begin in August.

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