A Fort Walton Beach man wanted on a charge of manslaughter by culpable negligence is now in the Okaloosa County Jail after being picked up recently in St. Tammany Parish Louisiana.
Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies say 39-year old Albert Diaz contributed to the death of 28- year old Grace Morales, who died from multiple drug intoxication (fentanyl, ethanol) on June 30th 2019 at a location on Commerce Drive in Destin.
The investigation revealed the pair had left the Bric A Bac Club on that date around 3:20 a.m. and stopped somewhere to “do a couple of lines”.
A witness says Diaz called him around 9:20 a.m. saying the victim “won’t wake up”. He says he told Diaz repeatedly to call 9-1-1 and start CPR. Another witness said Diaz called him several times asking to be picked up, nearly 50 minutes before the 9-1-1 call.
Diaz told investigator he couldn’t recall making other phone calls before calling 9-1-1.
Investigators say by not seeking medical aid for 61 minutes or more after observing the victim on the floor, he displayed gross and flagrant disregard for her safety and should have reasonably known his conduct was likely to cause death or great bodily harm.