By Josh Arntz
The Dickson Herald

Published Jan. 2, 2015

A Gainsboro man was convicted last month for the death of a Dickson woman in summer 2013.

Dustin Dwayne Bartlett, 27, pleaded guilty Dec. 16 to criminal negligent homicide in Dickson County Circuit Court. Bartlett also was convicted for two counts providing alcohol to a person under 21.

District Attorney General Ray Crouch told The Herald Bartlett admitted the victim died from consuming alcohol.

“He bought the alcohol, gave her the alcohol and she consumed the alcohol,” Crouch said.

A witness stated that the victim also took a Suboxone, an opioid medication, Crouch noted, but nothing was presented during the hearing about that testimony.

A grand jury indicted Bartlett in June last year, and he initially pleaded not guilty during arraignment in July.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled Feb. 25 in Circuit Court.

According to the indictment, Bartlett engaged in negligent conduct on or about June 28, 2013, which resulted in the death of the 19-year-old Dickson woman.

The woman died several days later at Maury Regional Medical Center, after ingesting a potentially lethal combination of alcohol and a prescription medication.

Crouch explained the medical examiner opined that Suboxone factored into the victim’s death after reading witness statements.

The victim also was the state’s main witness for an alleged statutory rape case against a former Dickson County High School teacher and coach. The district attorney’s office in Nashville dismissed all charges against the teacher in August 2013 after the woman’s death.

The Herald does not identify potential sexual assault victims.

Dickson resident William E. Gillis, who was underage at the time of the incident, was indicted along with Bartlett in June for one count providing alcohol to a person under 21.

Gillis’ indictment was amended however, on Dec. 16 to underage consumption.

He pleaded guilty Dec. 16 to the charge, and was sentenced to 11 months 29 days in prison, suspended to probation; fined and ordered to complete 25 hours of public service work.

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