Two men have each been charged with a felony and a misdemeanor in relation to a person found dead in a vehicle parked at the Mt. Carmel School parking lot on Monday, June 11, 2018.

Benjamin T. Herd, 30, and Michael A. Presley, 29, were each charged with Alteration of scene of death, as a Level 6 Felony and Failure to report a dead body, as a class A misdemeanor.

According to an Affidavit for Probable Cause filed by Franklin County Sheriff's Department Gregory Mehlbauer, William Garrett's body was found in the passenger compartment of his maroon van.

FCSD deputies John Roberts and Andrew Voelker found the body.

An autopsy conducted by the Hamilton County, Ohio, Coroner's Office found the cause of death as a heroin overdose with the presence of alcohol.
Through his investigation, Mehlbauer interviewed several witnesses, watched video footage and obtained warrants for Garrett's cell phone and financial records. According to Mehlbauer, Garrett was at the Pioneer Bar in Brookville on Saturday evening, June 9, 2018. From the Pioneer, he walked to Presley's home in Brookville. Along with Garrett was Herd. Garrett was seeking heroin at the Presley house.

Presley's girlfriend at the time of the incident was recently incarcerated at the Franklin County Security Center on unrelated charges. Mehlbauer interviewed the woman at the FCSC. She said she and Presley were asleep when Herd and Garrett arrived at the home. Presley wanted his girlfriend to drive the males to Cincinnati in order to obtain heroin.

However, the girlfriend said no. But, she went to the Pioneer and drove Garrett's van back to the Presley home. The males left and went to Cincinnati while the female went back to sleep.

Later that morning, the female awoke to screams in the Presley home. Presley told the female Garrett “fell out.” Mehlbauer said this is slang for an overdose.

The female attempted CPR on Garrett but to no avail. Presley warned his girlfriend to not call the police. 

Herd and Presley picked up Garrett's body and carried it to Garrett's van. Presley drove the van with Herd following in another vehicle.
Presley returned home later without Herd, Garrett or the van.

If convicted of a Level 6 Felony, the men could serve between six months and two-and-a-half years in the FCSC. A class A misdemeanor conviction can result in a sentence of up to one year in the FCSC.

According to, Herd has a previous misdemeanor Theft conviction while Presley has numerous prior convictions including two counts of Nonsupport of a dependent child, as a Level 6 Felonies; Unlawful possession of a syringe, as a Level 6 Felony; and Resisting law enforcement, as a class A misdemeanor.