(1-22-22) Luis J. Perez, 31, 128 W. 3rd St., Portland, Indiana has been charged Jay Circuit Court with dealing in a controlled substance resulting in the January 11th death of David R. Riley of Portland . Perez is being held in the Jay County Jail on $55,000 bond.
A 9-1-1 call alerted police…Riley’s 12-year-old son told police they were watching a movie when he
noticed his father was unconscious.
Riley died of an overdose on September 6th. Being interviewed by Portland Police Perez said he sold Riley two capsules earlier that day and that Riley inhaled the contents of one of the capsules.
An autopsy reported the cause of Riley’s death was a result of multiple-drug intoxication, a mixture of several drugs, including fentanyl.
Perez was already scheduled to stand trial April 20 in Jay Superior Court on three charges filed after his September arrest: possession of meth, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
Perez also faces two charges filed against him in June, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. A trial is set for March 22.
David Richard Riley, 53, of Portland, passed away unexpectedly Monday, Sept. 6, 2021, at his residence.
He was born June 7, 1968, the son of Leemon and Margarete (Riley) Riley. He was a 1985 graduate of Jay County High School. He honorably served in the U.S. Army.
David enjoyed spending his leisure time hunting, fishing and watching football.
He leaves to cherish his memory his parents, Leemon Ward and Margarete “Sissy” Applegate; four sons, David Andrew Riley (fiancé: Kristy) Montpelier, Jason Riley (Carly) of Bluffton, Ethan Riley of Portland, and Darrel Riley of Portland; two daughters, Angel and Krista Riley, both of Portland; eight brothers, Mark Bunch (wife: Theresa) of Dunkirk, Craig Cassidy (wife: Amanda) of Dunkirk, Shawn Hale of West Virginia, Shannon Hale of Winchester, Cory Ward (wife: Tressa) of Redkey, Lonnie Ward of Albany, Michael Applegate of Portland and Matt Ward of Florida; two sisters, Carrie Martin (husband: James) of Dunkirk, and Candice Ackerman (husband: Bill) of Dunkirk; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Levi Riley; a sister, Christine Bunch; and step-mother, Cynthia Ward.