Two Southlake Carroll Students Dead From Possible Overdose, Man, 22, Charged

The two students were found dead at Cullen Marino's home Saturday morning

Monday, Jan 7, 2013  |  Updated 2:43 PM CDT
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Grapevine police release a 911 call where the caller reports two dead children in his home.  The man's son has been implicated in their deaths.

Grapevine police release a 911 call where the caller reports two dead children in his home. The man's son has been implicated in their deaths.

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Man Charged in Deaths of High School Students

Two Southlake Carroll students died from what appears to be a drug overdose Friday night, according to Grapevine police, and the man who lived at the home, Cullen Marino, has been charged in their deaths.

Man, 22, Charged After Two HS Students Found Dead

Cullen Marino, 22, has been charged with two counts of criminally negligent homicide. Kyle McNutt and Chase Nunez were found dead, from what appears to be an overdose, at Marino's Grapevine home Saturday morning.
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Two Southlake Carroll Students died from what appears to be a drug overdose Friday night according to Grapevine Police, and the man who lived at the home has been charged in their deaths.

Just before 9 a.m. Saturday, police said they were called to a home in the 700 block of Heather Wood Drive for a possible overdose. Two males were found unresponsive in the bedroom of the home.

Grapevine Fire Department paramedics pronounced Kyle McNutt, 17, and Chase Nunez, 18, dead at the scene. Both lived in Grapevine and attended Carroll Senior High School.

Grapevine police say McNutt and Nunez were hanging out Friday night with 22-year-old Cullen William Marino who lives at the house. Detectives determined that illegal narcotics were used by all three.

"It was obvious that, you know, it was more or less a cocktail of different narcotics that were used by the individuals," said Grapevine police Sgt. Robert Eberling. Eberling went on to say alcohol was involved and possibly marijuana.

Marino was arrested at the scene for an unrelated warrant and taken to the Grapevine jail.

During the investigation detectives said they learned that during the night Marino discovered McNutt and Nunez unresponsive, but instead of calling 911, police say he moved them to a bedroom in the house. 

Based on those findings Marino was charged with two counts of criminally negligent homicide for not calling for help.

"Chances are if they would've received that medical attention they might be here today," Eberling said.

Eberling went on to say Marino admitted to police he provided the teens with the drugs. Police say he could face additional charges.

According to court records Marino has been in trouble with the law for drug-related offenses before this weekend's incident. Marino was arrested in November 2008 by Bedford police for misdemeanor possession of less than two ounces of marijuana, in November 2010 Grapevine police arrested Marino for the same offense. In March 2012, Grapevine police arrested Marino for driving while intoxicated, also a misdemeanor.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office will determine the exact causes of death for McNutt and Nunez.

A spokeswoman for the Carroll Independent School District released the following statement:

Carroll ISD was contacted by law enforcement officers Saturday night regarding the death of two Carroll Senior High School students. We were deeply saddened to learn this news. The district is mobilizing our school counseling team and will have trained professionals available at CSHS to assist staff on Monday and students on Tuesday when they return for classes (Jan. 8). We will also have counselors available at Carroll High School this week should they be needed.

CISD will not be releasing information on the students pending parental permission granted under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Our hearts go out to the families of the students involved even as we help their friends and classmates through the grieving process.

Carroll ISD Hosts Town Hall to Discuss Student Issues

The Carroll Independent School District is hosting a Town Hall for parents and students in February that focuses on serious student issues, the event was planned prior to this weekend's deaths.

Students and Parents Against Risks to our Kids (SPARK) is hosting the meeting on Monday, Feb. 4 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Carroll Senior High School in the Auditorium. Parents and students grades 7-12 are encouraged to attend, but anyone fro the community is welcome to attend.

SPARK says the event will be an honest and open discussions about painful issues that lead to tragedy for young people, including stress, depression and suicide.

SPARK hosted three town hall events at Carroll High School in the fall of 2012 focused on drugs and alcohol.

More: SPARKnow.org

NBC 5's Ray Villeda contributed to this report.

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