Murder charges filed in connection with fentanyl death in Texas

 December 15, 2023

Murder charges were filed for the first time in Tarrant County Texas in connection with a fentanyl death that took place three months ago. 

The man allegedly responsible for the death, Jacob Lindsey, has already been charged in relation to the drugs but is now being pursued for the murder.

According to a recent report by CBS News, this comes following a change in state law that took place in the summer that would allow for murder charges in cases such as this one.

The country district attorney created a new unit following the state-wide change, for the sole purpose of focusing on narcotics cases, which have seen a steep increase in recent years.

Lawmakers, particularly Republicans, have pointed the finger at President Joe Biden and the Biden administration for deaths like this one, due to lax border policies that have allowed copious amounts of drugs to enter the nation.

Record-breaking month after record-breaking month has proven that the Biden administration's policies on border security are leading to increased illegal immigration, drug activity, and ultimately, death for hundreds of Americans per day.

The Case

Brandon Harrison died three months ago after coming in contact with a pill that he was unaware was made with fentanyl. This kind of case used to be marked as an accidental overdose.

Frustrated officials in Texas, however, are looking to prosecute those responsible for deaths in the ongoing fentanyl epidemic that is sweeping the nation, including increased charges for the man who allegedly sold the pill to Harrison, on top of his drug charges.

"Joy, kind of a, kind of a sense of relief a little bit," said Richard Harrison, whose son, Brandon, died from fentanyl. "It was uh, a little bit of justice, maybe, that is going to be served."

The grieving father said he had been checking the charges against Lindsay daily for the change in charges, the first case of its kind since Texas law changed in June.

Official Response

"The message it sends to the dope dealers is, we're coming for you," said Sgt. Scott Barnes, with the Fort Worth Police Department's Fentanyl Overdose Response Team. "Stop selling fentanyl or you're going to get hooked up for murder."

The law enforcement officer said the change allows officers the ability to add some retribution to those promoting the epidemic that has claimed so many lives. His unit is working on three such deaths, just in Fort Worth at this time.

Brandon Harrison's brother, Blake Harrison is in training to work with the Dallas Police Department, and his father said he intends to work as a narcotics officer.

More charges similar to those leveled against Lindsay are expected in the near future: "There's so many kids dying who don't deserve to die," said Richard Harrison.

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