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December 6th, 2010
San Marcos man dies after arrest on drug charges



A Hays County jail prisoner went into cardiac arrest soon after he was arrested for drug charges, and later died at Central Texas Medical Center Friday morning, authorities say.

Chance Roy Donnelly, 32, of San Marcos, was arrested around 3:30 a.m. on two counts of possession of a controlled substance at the Whataburger, located near the intersection of Texas 123 and Interstate 35, San Marcos Police Chief Howard Williams said Monday.

San Marcos police officers took Donnelly, who had .2 grams of cocaine and four pills of oxycontin on him, to the jail but was initially refused entry. The officers then transported Donnelly to CTMC hospital, where he was medically cleared, Williams said.

At about 6:20 a.m., Donnelly was booked into the jail. Three hours later, he went into cardiac arrest and was transported back to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead around 10:20 a.m., authorities say.

It’s still unclear on what caused the death of Donnelly, who had a long rap sheet of drug, assault and theft charges, among other charges.

“He was medically cleared with the hospital but later dies,” Williams said. “We’ll basically have to wait until the autopsy report comes out to know the cause of death.”

Both the Hays County Sheriff’s Office and San Marcos police are investigating the incident.

A San Marcos High School graduate in 1997, Donnelly attended all of his school years in San Marcos, where he played football and pole vaulted, according to his obituary. Donnelly worked as a dental sales representative for the Benco Dental Company and is survived by his wife Margaret and daughter Kimberly, the obituary says.

A visitation service for Donnelly is slated for 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Thomason Funeral Home at 2001 Ranch Road 12 in San Marcos. Funeral services will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the Chance Roy Donnelly Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo for his daughter Kimberly, the obituary says.

SEAN KIMMONS is a senior reporter at the Hays Free Press where this story was originally published. It is reprinted here through a news partnership between the Free Press and the Mercury.

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8 thoughts on “San Marcos man dies after arrest on drug charges

  1. Mr. Kimmons,

    It is clear you never had the fortune of meeting Chance. He was a compassionate, caring man with a huge heart. He was much more than his addiction and it is a shame you have chosen to chalk his life up to criminal charges. His family and friends are grieving and you have added to their pain by painting such a negative, one-sided view of their son, husband, brother, father and friend.

    This story is anything but newsworthy.

    -Brooke Damron Casteel

  2. Mr. Kimmons,

    I remain confused why this story was even published. Chance Donnelly is now deceased, leaving behind many grieving family members and friends. What journalistic purpose are you trying to achieve by smearing his name in an attempt to document what can only be considered a very narrow view of his life? This is not an obituary; rather, it reads much like a malicious attempt at gaining readers with buzz words like “drug charges” and “rap sheet”.

    Please, look a little further into your heart next time you decide to sum up someone’s entire life in a few paragraphs.

    Shame on you.

  3. As my cousin’s family grieves you publish this lurid shit. No one deserves this kind of write up on their passing. Sean Kimmons I hope you rot in hell. I’ve seen a kinder touch on 1000 Ways to Die. Your mother must be proud what you have done with that journalism major.

  4. I understand that is a terrible time for Mr. Donnelly’s family and friends as evidenced by the lashing out by these parties at the writer of this news story. Mr. Kimmons asked the widow for an interview about Mr. Donnelly in an effort to add perspective and balance. She declined to speak to him. He can’t tell a story if it is not first told to him. Why don’t you honor his memory by writing here about his virtues?

  5. Mr. Kimmons,

    I never had the pleasure of meeting Chance Donnelly but I can tell by the out-pouring of love that he was more than just a “long rap sheet of drug, assault and theft charges”. You should never be allowed to publish another article that requires an ounce of decency because you obviously have none. Did you stop to think how hurtful your words would be to the family and friends of this now deceased man? He is no longer here to defend himself and I feel certain that his family doesn’t have the strength to give interviews at a time like this. For Mr. Rollins to blame the widow for not giving an interview is almost as bad as this article. Let me guess…Mr. Rollins works for this paper or is friends with Mr. Kimmons… There is no excuse for the lack of compassion shown here. The only thing to do at this point Mr. Kimmons is put $100 in the bank account for Kimberly and pray to God that she never reads what you wrote.

  6. I reiterate everything that has been said already about how wonderful Chance Donnelly was. You obviously did not have the honor of meeting him or knowing him. Why didn’t you discuss his joyous personality or his desire to help others? I know—because that does not sell newspapers. You should be ashamed of yourself.

    The true story is all the things that should NOT have happened on the night Chance died. Get your facts straight next time.

  7. Dear Mr. Kimmons,

    I feel this report need to be deleted from web. The family has been suffered from the paint for a long time, and do u really want his daughter to see this during school years?

    Rest in peace Chance!


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