Man charged with murder in overdose fentanyl death from 2019, officials said

Source: Henderson County Sheriff’s Office

Dec. 7 2021, Published 12:26 p.m. ET

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A North Carolina man has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in connection to a fentanyl overdose death in 2019.

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On Dec. 4, 2019, deputies with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office were called to the 90th block of Bennison Lane in Henderson County, North Carolina, to investigate a reported overdose.

Deputies found the victim, Joshua Hawkins, 30, unresponsive inside a travel trailer on the property, according to the Henderson County Sheriff's Office.

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Hawkins was transported to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.


The North Carolina Office of Chief Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and determined the cause of death was due to fentanyl toxicity, according to the sheriff's office.

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Detectives conducted an extensive investigation into the death and determined the source of the fentanyl that contributed to Hawkins’ death.

Brandon Keith Morris, 26, has been arrested and charged with one count of second-degree murder by drug distribution.

Morris is currently being held in the Henderson County Detention Facility without bond.


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