The deceased in this case was 43-year-old Jeffrey Jarrett, a Colorado man reportedly born in Toronto.
Jarrett’s two friends — Mark Rubinson, 25, and 43-year-old Robert Young — are charged with abuse of a corpse, identity theft and criminal impersonation.
“The charges allege he was either not well or unconscious when they put him in the car and that they did go to at least a couple of locations, used his (credit and debit cards), and at some point in those travels, realized he had passed away,” said Denver District Attorney spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough. “Then they took him back to the house, left him on a bed and went back on the town with his credit cards.”
Kimbrough said that on the night of Aug. 27, the three men were out at a Denver restaurant together, when Young is said to have told Rubinson that there was something wrong with Jarrett.
After carrying an unresponsive Jarrett into the vehicle they were driving, the three men drove to another restaurant. The two accused went inside, with Jarrett’s bank and credit cards, while Jarrett remained in the back seat.
Following a 90-minute drinking session, they returned to the original restaurant for a short time before driving back to Jarrett’s home — where he lived with at least one of the accused — and leaving Jarrett on a bed.
The two accused then left the house and went to a Mexican restaurant, where they ate — again using Jarrett’s cards — before moving on to a gas station to fill up Rubinson’s vehicle and then on to a strip club, where they remained until the club closed for the night.
Kimbrough said it wasn’t until they flagged down a police officer near the strip club that police were informed that Jarrett might be dead.
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- Pair ‘drive dead friend to bar’ (bbc.co.uk)