A Tarrant County grand jury has indicted former TCU student Brennan Trainor Rodriguez, 21, in the murder of Ty Pickens, the grandson of billionaire T. Boone Pickens. Ty died of an apparent heroin overdose on January 29. He was 21 years old.
In a copy of the indictment obtained by CultureMap, the grand jury alleges that Rodriguez injected heroin into Pickens' arm, ultimately causing his death.
He also was indicted on three related felonies: manslaughter, tampering with evidence, and delivering a controlled substance which resulted in death. The crimes carry sentences ranging from 10 years to life in prison.
Rodriguez lived at the off-campus condo where Pickens was found unconscious before being transported to Baylor All Saints Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. While someone else drove Pickens to the hospital, Rodriguez allegedly hid syringes and other drug paraphernalia from the police.
In a statement, Pickens family spokesman Jay Rosser denied that Ty had a history of heroin use.
"Ty was not a heroin user or addict, and we believe that the justice system will reveal the truth of what happened that unfortunate night of January 28, 2013," Rosser said.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Rodriguez was involved in another heroin overdose at his residence, though it did not prove fatal.