'Weekend at Bernie's' death came from intoxication

October 7, 2011 - 6:40 PM

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado man whose body was left in the back of a car while his friends ran up a bar tab on his account had died of alcohol, cocaine and prescription drug intoxication, the Denver coroner's office said Friday.

Prosecutors allege that Robert Young, 43, and Mark Rubinson, 25, found Jarrett unresponsive in his home on Aug. 27 — but that instead of calling for help, they put Jeffrey Jarrett, 43, in a car and went drinking, using his credit card to pay for the drinks.

Prosecutors filed criminal charges against Young and Rubinson, including one of abusing a corpse, on Aug. 28.

Young testified Thursday that he thought Jarrett was drunk, not deceased. The coroner's report ruled the death accidental but doesn't give a time of death for Jarrett — only that he was declared deceased at 4 a.m. on Aug 28.

Young was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday, but his attorney was granted an extension to Nov. 3 after she told the judge authorities were awaiting results of the autopsy to determine how and when Jarrett died.