Needful Things suit settled out of court
Thursday, July 10, 2014 11:00 AM
A civil case filed against Needful Things owner Julie M. Marshall was settled out of court late Tuesday.
While details of the settlement have not been made public, Marshall's attorney, George W. Gesenhues Jr., did confirm the case was settled through mediation. He declined to comment on the terms of the settlement.
A sign in front of the Needful Things location on Harrison Street near the bridge said the store was closed. A second store on Clifty Drive has been closed for months.
Steven W. Moreland and Judy L. Andrew, the parents of Ryan Moreland, filed the case against Marshall, 39, in 2012 after the death of their 23-year-old son.
On Wednesday, they deferred comment to their attorney, Jason Pattison, who did not respond before this morning's deadline.
Ryan Moreland died July 21, 2011 at a quarry in Hanover after swimming with friends.
According to a pathology report from King's Daughters' Hospital from August 2011, Ryan Moreland's cause of death was an overdose of methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), commonly called bath salts. There were no other drugs in his system.
Tammy Stewart - who was in a relationship with Ryan Moreland at the time of his death and was at the quarry the day he died - swore in an affidavit that she and Moreland purchased Atomic, a type of bath salts, from the Needful Things Boutique on Clifty Drive on July 20.
Bank statements for Ryan Moreland submitted as a part of the court records show a purchase of $42.80 made at Needful Things on July 20. The bank statement does not detail what was purchased at the store.
Two glass vials found on Moreland's body contained a white powder that tested positive for MDPV, according to a report from the Indiana State Police lab in Indianapolis. The white powder also contained traces of methylethcathinone, which is not a controlled substance.
In December 2013, Marshall was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to several charges, including corrupt business influence, possession of a synthetic drug, maintaining a common nuisance, three counts of tax evasion and three counts of failure to withhold employee sales taxes. She is currently an inmate in the Rockville Correctional Facility in Parke County.
Marshall was arrested in September 2012 following a 15-month investigation into her businesses.
Police had received numerous complaints about drugs being dealt from the business and performed several controlled buys at the Clifty Drive location.
Police executed search warrants in July 2012 at her homes and businesses, finding $234,540.07 in cash and 933 grams of synthetic drugs.
Steven Moreland was going to testify during Marshall's hearing, but was blocked by Special Judge James Morris because Moreland was not the victim of any of the crimes which Marshall pleaded guilty to.