Fentanyl Delivery Leads to Second Degree Murder Conviction

DA Charme Allen announces that prosecutors in the Felony Drug Unit obtained a conviction against a man who delivered the fentanyl that caused a woman’s death.  Wesley Allen Lacey, 52, was convicted of Second Degree Murder.  Judge Steve Sword set the case for sentencing on April 5 where Lacey faces fifteen to twenty-five years in the Tennessee Department of Correction.

In a two-day trial, Assistant District Attorneys Teddy Ryan and Greg Eshbaugh explained to the jury that on April 2, 2022, emergency medical technicians responded to an overdose call at a motel in Carter.  EMTs administered naloxone to try to reverse the overdose, but life-saving measures were unsuccessful.  Knox County Sheriff’s Office Detective Jeff Neely ultimately interviewed Lacey about the overdose death.  Lacey admitted giving the victim the drugs that killed her.  Lacey had purchased the drugs from another dealer and was aware of overdoses connected to that dealer.  He also stated that while he requested heroin from his supplier, he believed that he had been sold fentanyl.  Despite these warning signs, he delivered the fentanyl to the victim who died after snorting it.

“Fentanyl and it’s analogues have been the number one drug found in overdose deaths in our community since 2016,” said DA Allen. “Our work with the Drug Related Death Task Force aims to reduce the amount of fentanyl coming into Knox County in order to save lives.”

Second Degree Murder is a Class A felony that carries a punishment from fifteen to twenty-five years in prison.  Assistant Victim Witness Coordinator Tracee Smith aided in the prosecution of this case.

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