Testimony wraps up in Joe Lee overdose death trial

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Amanda Packer shows some emotion as she testifies during the Joe Lee overdose death trial in Strafford County Superior Court on Tuesday afternoon. Lebanon Voice photos)

COPYRIGHT2017© ROCHESTER - The woman who drove the car used to buy the heroin that killed a Rochester man in 2014 testified on Tuesday that the dealer may have opened a back door at the Northgate Apartment complex, that she may have seen his arm as he opened the door, but she couldn't identify the man in court.

In what was expected to be the final day of witness testimony in a weeklong heroin overdose death trial against a Gonic man, Amanda Packer, who drove the vehicle, said she remembered Jennifer Harriman saying, "Be careful, this stuff is strong," shortly before she was dropped off by Packer at her Flagg Road home on June 23.

Joe Lee, 58, of Church Street, Gonic, faces life in prison if found guilty of supplying the heroin to Harriman, who in turn supplied it to Jason Danner, who died after overdosing and going into a deep coma from which he never recovered.

Joe Lee

Harriman is currently serving a 6-12 year prison sentence for supplying the drug to Danner.

Soon after Harriman was dropped off by Packer, she said she dropped off Danner and his girlfriend at their Chestnut Street apartment, then rushed home to get ready to go work at Kmart for her noon shift.

Packer said when she got home she only used a little heroin because she was a novice user and was concerned about what Harriman had said.

Packer also said she never told the truth to Rochester Police Detective

Robert Mangum until her third interview, because it wasn't till then that she had been granted immunity.

Jason Danner (Courtesy)

At that point, she admitted that she knew she was driving Harriman, Danner and his girlfriend to get heroin, that she was going to get some heroin, too, and other detail about the day.

"How come you remember all this stuff?" questioned Assistant County Attorney Tim Sullivan.

"Because Jason died," Packer said softly.

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