Dayton man facing Warren County manslaughter charges tests positive for COVID-19

Arnold Satterwhite's sentencing in an overdose death case in Warren County was scheduled in August after he sought a continuance after testing positive for COVID-19.
Arnold Satterwhite's sentencing in an overdose death case in Warren County was scheduled in August after he sought a continuance after testing positive for COVID-19.

Arnold L. Satterwhite Jr., a Dayton man who plead guilty last week to charges related to the overdose death case of a Warren County, has tested positive for the new coronavirus, according to court records.

Satterwhite’s attorney ask for a continuance of the criminal case after his positive test was revealed in a July 20 nurse’s order that he “may not return to work/school until COVID results are shown negative.”

“This request is necessary due to the nature of his medical tests and is in no way intended to cause delay of the proceedings,” lawyer Anthony VanNoy said in the July 22 entry.

Satterwhite, 25, signed an agreement Friday pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence. His trial was to begin Monday.

Now Satterwhite is scheduled for sentencing on Aug. 26 by Judge Don Oda II in Warren County Common Pleas Court.

He faces up to 11 years in prison on the manslaughter charge and a “prison term is presumed necessary,” as well as up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine on the tampering charge with no prison necessary, according to the plea entry.

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The victim, Adam Marlow, 28, was found dead from fentanyl and cocaine intoxication on Dec. 15, 2018, at his Mason home. Neither Satterwhite or Marlow had a prior record.

Satterwhite’s trial was delayed in April due to COVID-19 concerns. His electronic monitoring was also discontinued to protect court employees from exposure to the new virus.

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At least one court employee had tested positive when the preventative measures were begun in the court in Lebanon.

Satterwhite also faced charges of corrupting another with drugs, drug trafficking and tampering with evidence.