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Medical Examiner: Accidental Overdose Killed Man In ‘Bernie’s’ Case

DENVER (CBS4) – An accidental overdose killed the man whose friends are accused of driving his body around to bars after he died in a case that has been compared to the 1980s movie “Weekend at Bernies.”

The medical examiner say Jeffrey Jarrett died with cocaine and alcohol in his system. He was 43.

The autopsy says Jarrett reported trouble breathing while at nightclubs and was left in the vehicle while friends continued partying.

Both friends, Mark Rubinson and Robert Young, spoke publicly about the case last week and each had different explanations for how things happened.

Rubinson and Young are charged with abusing a corpse, identity theft and criminal impersonation.

They allegedly used Jarrett’s credit cards during the night out.

The men claim they didn’t know their friend was dead in the back seat.

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