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Murder charge in Baton Rouge focuses on heroin overdose

There are many times and situations when you could be charged with a crime in circumstances that simply don't add up. In this murder charge case, it would seem that police are starting to link drug overdoses with murder charges, especially when a person helps another person get high. This may become a more common issue, as a report has claimed that there have been 27 overdose deaths by way of heroin since mid-November 2013. This number is a massive increase from the five reported in 2012.

According to a recent news release from Feb. 4, a man was arrested at around 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 3, because police claim he committed second-degree murder. They report that the 30-year-old's charge is related to the death of his girlfriend who was found dead after an apparent heroin overdose. There may not be any way to prove that he delivered the fatal injection, though.

In this case, police reported that the girlfriend, a 31-year-old woman, was found unresponsive in a vehicle. A male was also with her in the vehicle, and he was unresponsive as well, according to the reports. The male in the vehicle, believed to be the 30-year-old man being charged in the case, and the woman were taken to the hospital for treatment. Unfortunately, the 31-year-old did not survive, and this has left the 30-year-old man to deal with the consequences of drug use.

Previously, a different case found a 24-year-old man guilty of second-degree murder due to allegedly injecting his girlfriend with too much heroin, which led to her death. This new case hasn't gone to trial yet, but it does have similar factors involved. According to the news, all drug overdoses are investigated as homicides, but there has to be a way to know who gave the fatal injection in order to prove guilt.

Source: Nola, "Heroin overdose prompts murder charge in Baton Rouge case" Emily Lane, Feb. 11, 2014

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