Allegations that slain Seminole County firefighter Jerry Perdomo was involved with prescription drugs has prompted a local law-enforcement investigation.
His alleged killer, Daniel Porter, is expected to appear in court Friday morning in Maine after being charged Tuesday in the drug-related homicide of Perdomo, a former U.S. Marine.
In a deposition taken as part of a 2008 auto negligence lawsuit, Perdomo said he took prescription pills after a knee injury and he once counseled fellow Marines who were addicted to pain killers.
Perdomo said in the deposition that he was injured while serving in the Marine Corps in Iraq and Kuwait and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.
A spokeswoman with the Seminole County Sheriff's Office confirmed today that authorities here are investigating possible drug trafficking in Central Florida in connection with the case.
"We're aware of the accounts that drugs might have been involved in this case, and we will look into this and work with the Maine State Police as needed," Heather Smith said in a statement.
Porter, 24, is expected to appear in court this at 9 a.m. tomorrow in Waldo County Superior Court.
Maine State Police confirmed that Perdomo's body was discovered near the wooded home of one of Porter's relatives. An autopsy is scheduled to be performed today.
In an affidavit released Wednesday, investigators revealed that Perdomo went to Maine to collect a $3,000 debt from Porter and both men were involved in drugs.
It's not clear what kind of drugs were involved.
It's also not known what drugs Perdomo was given after knee surgery at a hospital at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
"I'm not sure what they gave me, he said, adding that he took "pretty much" all of them.
Perdomo said he spent about a month in Kuwait and five months in Iraq and was in "two or three big fire fights" in Iraq.
He said post traumatic stress disorder resulted in flashbacks, nightmares and a hard time sleeping. He also said he suffered from ringing in the ears from the shooting.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times