Charges were filed in Hennepin County District Court Friday against Aaron Boogaard, the brother of late NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said the death of Derek Boogaard occurred just one day after he returned from undergoing chemical dependency treatment. Freeman said Aaron Boogaard gave his brother a nonprescribed pain killer. The next day, on May 13, Aaron Boogaard found his brother dead in their Minneapolis apartment.
The death was ruled an accident by a Minnesota medical examiner's office. According to the report from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, the cause of death was a mix of alcohol and the pain killer oxycodone.
On Friday, Aaron Boogaard was charged with two crimes - the first a third- degree drug crime and the second tampering with evidence surrounding a deceased body.
Freeman said Derek asked his brother for a Percocet. According to Freeman, Aaron said his brother didn't ask him for the drug for pain, instead "to get ready for an evening of drinking and clubbing."
"The next day, Aaron left to pick up another brother at the airport and returned and found Derek dead on the floor," Freeman said. "Between the time the police were called and they arrived, Aaron confessed that he disposed of the rest of the Percocet and oxycodone down the toilet.
"It's our understanding that Aaron kept his brother's nonprescribed illegal drugs and attempted to parcel them on some kind of limited basis."
Aaron Boogaard was reportedly released from the county jail Friday afternoon.
"It's a tragic situation," Freeman said. "The family has already suffered significant loss. That doesn't diminish the fact that it's wrong and in this case it was tragic for him to give him that drug for which he was clearly addicted."
Derek Boogaard, who spent last season with the New York Rangers after playing his first five years in the NHL with the Minnesota Wild, was 28 years old.