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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Three suspects have been charged in connection with the March 2014 death of 20-year-old Chelsea Bennett. Bennett died as the result of a heroin overdose.

On July 15, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard and his staff obtained grand jury indictments against the three – Cory Ben-Hanania for felony murder, heroin distribution and concealing the death of a person; Kevin McCaffrey for felony murder; Sebastian Andrade for concealing the death of another.

Alpharetta detectives captured Ben-Hanania after a surveillance operation on July 16. McCaffrey was already in custody with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office on an unrelated matter. Andrade was believed to have traveled to Texas, where US Marshals searched for him. Authorities said Andrade had returned to Georgia, and Alpharetta detectives were able to capture him in Johns Creek.

On March 3, Alpharetta police and fire units responded to an Alpharetta address on a medical distress call. When they arrived, they found Bennett unconscious on the floor of a residence. She was transported to a local hospital where she died from a heroin overdose.

Investigators said that Bennett, Ben-Hanania and Andrade had obtained heroin in another city and returned to Ben-Hanania's parents' home in the early morning hours. Detectives said Bennett was administered heroin and quickly became unconscious. Ben-Hanania and Andrade called McCaffrey and told him what occurred. He told the two to take Bennett to a hospital. Several hours later, Ben-Hanania, Andarade and McCaffrey attempted to conceal evidence of what had happened, but Bennett remained unconscious on the floor, investigators said.

Alpharetta 911 was not contacted until about 2:30 p.m., more than 10 hours after Bennett had overdosed, authorities said.


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