Following a two-month investigation in St. John the Baptist Parish, Clyde Madere Jr., 55, was arrested on April 2 and charged with the second-degree murder of 31-year-old Shelbi Ory, Nola.com reported.
On the morning of Jan. 31, Ory was found unresponsive in a residence in LaPlace and was later pronounced dead at an area hospital.
According to the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office, Ory’s cause of death was acute fentanyl toxicity.
An investigation determined the suspect, Madere, sold Ory fentanyl, and he allegedly later admitted to providing the victim with the deadly drug, the sheriff’s office said.
Madere was booked into the Lt. Sherman Walker Correctional Center where he was being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.
“We will continue to aggressively pursue any individual who sells these dangerous drugs that lead to someone’s death,” Sheriff Mike Tregre said about the case. “These dealers will be held fully accountable for a crime that costs lives and negatively impacts our community.”
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