Adam Budge, 18, charged with murder following friend's synthetic drug overdose

Categories: Crime, Drugs, Law
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Budge, 18, faces 25 years in prison after providing a fatal dose to a friend.
Adam Budge gave his buddy, 17-year-old Elijah Stai of Park Rapids, a fatal dose of a synthetic hallucinogen. Budge, 18, could spend 25 years in prison as a result.

Just before 10 p.m. on June 12, Budge and Stai were hanging out at Budge's East Grand Forks home when they mixed a white power -- 2C-I -- with melted chocolate and ate the drug-laced candy. They then went to a McDonald's. An hour later, Stai began "freaking out" and acting as if he were "possessed," foaming at the mouth, hyperventilating, and smashing his head against the ground. Budge and other buddy laid Stai down in a bed and placed a wet towel on his head to cool him down. By 1:30 in the morning, Stai was no longer breathing.

Yesterday, Budge was charged with third-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter, selling a controlled substance to a juvenile, and selling a controlled substance. The murder charge alone carries a maximum penalty of 25 years.

Budge told police he had meant to buy marijuana when he went to his dealer a couple weeks ago, but ended up paying $100 for a baggie of a white powder he believed contained an extract of hallucinogenic mushrooms.
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Park Rapids Enterprise
Stai, 17, died after ingesting a synthetic hallucinogen.

Police in the Red River Valley have been warning area residents about a bad batch of 2C-I linked to the deaths of Stai and Christian Bjerk, 18, who was found dead on a Grand Forks sidewalk on June 11 from an overdose similar to Stai's.

Lieutenant Rod Hajicek of the East Grand Forks PD said the tainted batch "seems to be isolated to the Grand Forks-East Grand Forks area right now, but anytime we have two individuals dead within a couple days of each other, that certainly gets our attention."


Previous synthetic drug-related coverage:

-- House approves synthetic drug crackdown amid concern about prison overcrowding
-- For second straight year, synthetic drug crackdown advancing through legislature
-- Synthetic drug ban will go into effect Friday, judge orders
-- Head shops sue Minnesota over synthetic pot ban
-- K2 and the synthetic marijuana boom

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wizard
wizard

If someone overdosed, we need to know the dose.

nick42511
nick42511

im sorry for both,one that passed away and one in jail,life is made of choices,at the same i dont think no one put a gun on no one to use drugs,also sometimes people contaminate others mind,so they did it so another says me to and here they all go.....i believe each had a choise,and about being depressed  that is a choise to,we live how we want to live mentally,we have to fight for life,there are consequences for everything and we must think about them to,like if i speed in my car what are the conequences,ticket,car wreck,another car might it me,flip over,live like a vegetable,broken bones,dies,ect....i used to be depressed to..i lived poor,family problems,unhealthy with health problems wich i still do,felt lonely,i would cry for no reason,but one day i decided to say no to depression because that just buries you deeper and  deeper,so i put an end to it,God wants us to help our selves to,dont expect God to do everyting for you,who said life was gonna be easy,NO ONE!!

breezymjb
breezymjb

Let me b his defence attourny dude would b out first day of trial

 

Marilynandicp
Marilynandicp

this system can kiss my fucking ass!!!! he is a good kid and i know him. he is really smart and i know plenty of stupid mother fuckers who dont have a shot at life cause there just stupider then a box of rocks.... but he had a real chance at changing this fuck planet.... and now he is in jail.. way to go stupid pigs!!! we need to take a stand and say fuck our evil government. o and if they actually cared about any of us they would have seen that he had very bad depression and lots of mental issues that mad him make impulsive dessionsions....... he didnt care if he lived or died, as do i... is that what our world is coming to that we as people have no rights ( no matter how much they brain wash you.... you have no fucking rights) to do what makes us happy so we find other things that give us that thrill.... if i take this drug will i die? will i have an awesome trip? does anyone really care eithier way?..........nope, nothing we do matters cause they have us in there pocket. he does not deserve to even be in jail... people who plot and really kill people should. people who rape and steal from people should...not a 18 year old kid who was just getting a thrill to actually live.....probley in hopes that he himself would some how die. o and every person who takes any hard drug at all knows the risk they are taking.. just like if i got in a car and the driver recked..... u going to pin murder on him to?? i knew getting into the car that there is a chance of us recking or someone hitting us...u know whats sad is that i dont think god himself could even help us now... we cant even help our self. we let evil evil money hungery people whom only care about them rule us cause its easyier... well way to fucking not stand up for you and be easy and a fucking robot for them. hope your happy with your self, you are also the reason he is never going to have a life. i love you adam budge. it kills me to know youll never have a life like me cause someone decided to take a risk in there own fucked life. i miss you, and your awesome way you looked at life. o another thing, can you sleep knowing that poor boy is now going to be raped over and over again? so when he gets out will he want to rape? kill people? or will he end his own life? i know i would cause depressed people like me and him dont belong in a placce whrere were raped and beat

Marilynandicp
Marilynandicp

also he is more then likley a lot more smarter then you could ever hope to be!!!

Marilynandicp
Marilynandicp

fuck you he is not stupid, he is my friend! and he just made a dumb mistake you ass hole

Inpatient Treatment
Inpatient Treatment

Tragic story, but it's good you're making this known. Most people only vilify a few drugs - heroin, cocaine, even pot, but overall - just well-known illegal substances. The truth is, the human body is complex, and there are probably millions of different chemicals that can produce similar effects. People are always going to come up with new ones that are just as dangerous as the old ones, if not more. We need to focus more on educating kids about drugs and helping them avoid these kinds of situations.

Joyceoffuttnd
Joyceoffuttnd

adam didn't take any. I think it was just eli.

acidtrip95
acidtrip95

I completely agree with you. it was Eli's decision and it sucks and is sad that he died but its not Adams fault. I don't know either of them but i kept reading about it and did a little research. Eli knew the risk he was taking and this government that we have in this country can suck my fucking dick. I hate it, They call this free. isnt america supposed to be home of the free. fuck they have more freedom in mexico. He does not deserve to go to jail in the littlelist bit and anybody who thinks he deserves it can seriously fuck off. This just literally beyond pisses me off. I hate the fucking government. and im really sorry about your friend Adam

alingling2002
alingling2002

As I'm reading this, I'm shaking my head laughing how pathetic you are. How old are you? I think you need to stay in school as long as possible. You can't even get your grammar and homonyms right. You can’t spell for nothing. My 6 year old son can write his sentences better than you. So, Adam should not take any responsibility for your friend’s death because he's depressed? What did you do to help him with his depression? Oh wait, you too are depressed...wahh! Why put the blame on everybody else but yourselves? Hmm…common sense must not exist in your guys' minds. Your whole statement makes no sense, again you're pathetic. He's 18 years old; he made the choice to be stupid. I have no sympathy for people who make stupid choices! Think about Eli’s parents and family mourning him. Grow up!

acidtrip95
acidtrip95

BTW Marilynandicp your the one i completely agree with and alingling2002 can go to hell. Fuck you alngling2002

alingling2002
alingling2002

 @acidtrip95

 Then go to Mexico, who's stopping you?! Ha!  You're pathetic too acidtrip95, you must of lost all your brain cells too! 

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