Bristol man charged with second-degree murder in fentanyl overdose

An investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Drug Related Death Task Force and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in the indictment of a Bristol, Virginia, man on a murder charge in connection with an overdose death.

According to a news release from TBI spokesperson Leslie Earhart, TBI special agents and SCSO detectives last year began investigating the suspected overdose death of Christopher Robin Hurley, 39.

On Aug. 9, Hurley collapsed at his place of employment in Piney Flats and was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy revealed he died from fentanyl toxicity. During the course of the investigation, authorities came to believe that Anthony Lateze Robinson, 34, provided fentanyl to the man.

Last week a Sullivan County grand jury returned indictments charging Robinson with one count of second-degree murder and two counts of sale and delivery of fentanyl.

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