Trial postponed for man charged in Westfield teen’s overdose death

Trial date initially set for Nov. 30

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Seth Lombard-Hawthorne is seen here during his arraignment on a manslaughter charge at Hampden Superior Court in Springfield, April 11, 2016.

WESTFIELD, Mass.  (WWLP) – The trial for a Westfield man charged with providing the heroin that led to a teenage girl’s deadly overdose is now scheduled to start early next year.

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Hampden County Assistant District Attorney Joan O’Brien told 22News the new trial date for 22-year-old Seth Lombard-Hawthorne has been moved to January 5.

Lombard-Hawthorne is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the February 2016 death of 16-year-old Lillian Anderson. According to Westfield District Court Chief Ed Kivari, Anderson’s mother found the teen dead with bags of heroin nearby. Initially, Lombard-Hawthorne only faced drug charges, but in March, a grand jury indicted him on the charge of involuntary manslaughter.

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The trial was set to begin on November 30th, until the judge’s decision to move it to January. His case will be heard in Hampden Superior Court in Springfield.