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Drug dealer sentenced for murder in student’s overdose

When a 26-year-old South Carolina college student was found dead in her off-campus housing of a drug overdose, the death didn’t appear to be accidental. She had been depressed and evidence led investigators to first classify the death as a suicide.

Then, they called it murder and charged her 27-year-old drug dealer and sometimes friend with killing her by knowingly supplying her with the oxycodone and other drugs that took her life. He eventually accepted a plea deal with the state and will now spend 24 years in prison.

There’s no question in this case that the defendant was dealing drugs. Police found drugs, cash and guns when they raided his home. What’s important to note, however, is that authorities everywhere are now looking far deeper into every overdose death than before. When possible, they are increasingly likely to find a way to charge the supplier of those drugs with murder.

This can affect you even if you aren’t dealing drugs for a living. For example, you could be accused of murder if:

As overdoses on fentanyl, oxycodone and meth continue to rise, the authorities are increasingly playing hardball with anybody they think may be contributing to the problem. If you’ve been accused of a drug crime, take the necessary steps to protect your rights and defend yourself.