Debruyn pleads not guilty in drug death case

Becky Vargo • Jul 9, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Scott Allen DeBruyn, 56, entered a not-guilty plea when he was arraigned Monday afternoon in Ottawa County Circuit Court in connection with a drug-related death.

The Spring Lake man remains lodged in the Ottawa County Jail on a $500,000 bond for a charge of delivery of a controlled substance causing the April 12, 2017, death of 23-year-old Camille Gesiakowski of Grand Haven.

A trial date will be set.

The decision to move DeBruyn’s case to the higher court was delayed after a two-day preliminary examination in June. Ottawa County District Judge Craig Bunce took a couple of days to review the testimony before deciding there was enough evidence to move the case to Circuit Court.

Testimony given during the preliminary examination revealed that DeBruyn and Gesiakowski had gone to a Grand Haven motel a few days after the woman had gotten out of jail. Police say that DeBruyn purchased cans of "duster" that Gesiakowski huffed or inhaled, as well as some opioids that she also consumed.

DeBruyn called for help early in the morning on the day of Gesiakowski’s death.

The medical examiner, Dr. Matthew Carr, testified at the preliminary hearing that opioids “probably played the most significant role in her death.”

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