North Carolina woman dies from fentanyl-laced heroin, suppliers charged with murder: police

man and woman charged with murder after woman dies from overdose on drugs they sold her
Source: Lexington Police Department

May. 14 2021, Published 10:42 a.m. ET

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A North Carolina woman died from a drug overdose behind a Walmart and now police say two people face murder charges.

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The Lexington Police Department said officers responded to a report on Dec. 27, 2020, of an unconscious person and possible drug overdose in a wooded area behind Walmart.

Once there, police found Eva Marie Beckom, 39, having an overdose. Officers and EMS tried to save her life, but Beckom died, police said.

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After an investigation, authorities said they identified her cause of death to be acute fentanyl toxicity.

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Police said Beckom received heroin laced with fentanyl from Jonathan Alexander Gordon, 30.

On May 7, authorities decided to prosecute Gordon on a second-degree murder charge and he was arrested later that day.

Investigators continued their efforts and found Gordon purchased the heroin from Heather Everhart. She was charged with second-degree murder and death by distribution, police said.

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Everhart was arrested on May 12 and faced charges of possession with intent to sell or distribute methamphetamine, trafficking heroin by possession, trafficking heroin by transport, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana drug paraphernalia and felony maintaining a vehicle. 

Both Gordon and Everhart remain in jail, as the investigation is still ongoing, police said.

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