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‘Bath salts’ ruled out

September 10, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

MAYFIELD - A woman whose dead body was found June 4 in a remote section of the town didn't have synthetic "bath salts" drugs in her system, but she did consume alcohol before her death, Fulton County District Attorney Louise Sira said today.

Sira said Brent S. Alling Sr. - husband of the deceased Kathryn Jackson Alling - remains a suspect in her death.

The district attorney anticipates that pending additional autopsy results, she will bring the case to a Fulton County grand jury later this year, possibly by December.

The grand jury will examine the "circumstances of death" and decide if anyone will be charged, Sira said.

Sira said she received toxicology results on the 54-year-old Kathryn Jackson Alling. Her naked, bruised and dead body was found the morning of June 4 on remote Tyrrell Road by town employees collecting garbage.

Sira said she met with Mrs. Alling's son, Mario Javarone, on Friday to go over the case.

Brent Alling's attorney, Robert Abdella of Gloversville, today had no comment.

After the discovery of Kathryn Alling's body, Fulton County Sheriff Thomas Lorey labeled Brent Alling, 42, of 127 Delaney Road, a person of interest in the case.

Alling was charged June 5 by state police with driving while intoxicated, a license-restriction violation, unsafe turn/failure to signal, a seatbelt violation and refusal to take a breath test. He is free on bail and is scheduled to return to Mayfield Town Court at 3 p.m. Sept. 18 to answer those charges.

Lorey previously told area media his department's investigation found both Allings had used synthetic "bath salts." Bath salts can cause hallucinations and wild behavior, including the tendency to strip off clothing, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Sira today said toxicology screening of Kathryn Jackson Alling came back negative for bath salts. Authorities are awaiting autopsy findings by Dr. Michael Sikirica. Sira said the cause of death still hasn't been determined.

"It's still under investigation," Sira said. "We're waiting on autopsy tests."

Sira said Mrs. Alling did have alcohol in her system, but she is not releasing that blood-alcohol content level at this time.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at



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