Mark Dycio, an attorney for Nicholson, said his client didn’t know about the drugs.
“Montae would have no knowledge of the drugs because they belonged to a guest,” Dycio said. “It’s a tragic story. It’s a tragedy that the news is focused on where she died instead of the drug epidemic ravaging the country.”
The sheriff’s office is investigating the circumstances leading up to Crabbe’s death but has not charged anyone.
The search warrant, filed in Loudoun County Circuit Court, states surveillance cameras at Inova Emergency Room-Ashburn HealthPlex captured Nicholson and Kyle Askew-Collins arriving early Thursday morning in a black Nissan Armada. Askew-Collins did not immediately return requests for comment.
The sheriff’s office said Crabbe was suffering signs of an overdose. A state medical examiner said officials are awaiting a toxicology test that will determine what drug Crabbe may have taken before ruling on a cause and manner of death. That process could take weeks or even months.
Detectives with the sheriff’s office said a person, who is not identified, told them Crabbe, Nicholson, Askew-Collins and the person had traveled to the District on Wednesday to hang out and eat, according to the search warrant.
Another person told detectives that Askew-Collins called them during the early-morning hours Thursday to say Crabbe was foaming at the mouth and was believed to be overdosing, according to the search warrant. The second person was en route to Nicholson’s home to help Crabbe when Askew-Collins called to say they were taking Crabbe to a hospital.
The sheriff’s office said no 911 call was placed. Dycio said the hospital is a short distance from Nicholson’s home, and Nicholson and his friend thought Crabbe would get care more quickly if they drove her there. The sheriff’s office said Crabbe was “unconscious and unresponsive” when she arrived at the hospital. She was soon pronounced dead.
The search was performed on Nicholson’s home Thursday. Investigators recovered a safe and black box, an iPhone, a $20 bill, towels, a blanket, a coat and a notebook from Nicholson’s home, according to the search warrant.
Redskins interim coach Bill Callahan said the incident had no impact on the team’s decision to allow Nicholson to play in its 34-17 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday. Callahan previously offered condolences to Crabbe’s family and said the team was letting the legal process play out. The team had no further comment Tuesday.