The Free Press, Mankato, MN

April 22, 2014

Update: Teen facing murder charge for drug death

Trace Colton Hafner, 17, faces third degree charges in death of Chloe Moses

By Dan Nienaber
dnienaber@mankatofreepress.com

---- — MANKATO — A 17-year-old Blue Earth boy is now facing a third-degree murder charge for allegedly providing a Mankato girl with a synthetic drug that has been linked to her death.

A warrant for the arrest of Trace Colton Hafner was issued last week and he appeared in court Monday for a detention hearing, according to court records. District Court Judge Krista Jass ordered that Hafner be detained at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Red Wing because his release could endanger his health. Another hearing has been scheduled for April 30.

Hafner is accused of selling a capsule with a white powder to his girlfriend, 17-year-old Chloe Moses of Mankato. Moses swallowed that capsule and Hafner swallowed a similar capsule at Moses' mother's house in Mankato on March 7, according to the juvenile complaint.

When Moses reacted badly to the drug, Hafner called a friend to help. That friend and her grandmother were at the house, but no one called 911, the complaint said. Moses' mother, Anna Moses, was at work. She called for help when she returned home to find her daughter having seizures. Hafner, his friend and the girlfriend had already left the house, the complaint said. Moses died at a hospital in Minneapolis on March 10.

A 15-year-old boy allegedly sold the drug to Hafner. Court records are not public for that boy because he is under the age of 16.

Third-degree murder charges also have been filed against Tyler Anthony Caputo, 21, of Mankato for supplying the drug to that boy. Another man, 30-year-old Luke James Inman of Mankato, is also facing a third-degree murder charge for allegedly selling the drug, which has now been identified as 25C-NBOMe, to Louis Nathan Folson, 22, of Mankato.

Folson died March 5 at his apartment after taking the drug with a friend and having a bad reaction. Caputo also is accused of providing the drug to Inman.

The synthetic drug is a mixture of powerful chemicals that create a combination of a hallucinogen and a stimulant. An autopsy report that was provided to investigators on April 17 said Moses died as a result of a brain injury caused by her use of the drug, the complaint said.