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Dandridge man charged with Second Degree Murder following death investigation

Officials say the suspect had distributed drugs to the victim prior to his death.
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Published: Apr. 6, 2021 at 8:38 PM EDT
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DANDRIDGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -A Dandridge man has been charged with Second Degree Murder following a 6-month death investigation.

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, deputies with the Patrol Division, Criminal Investigation Division and 4th Judicial Drug Task Force were called to a Dandridge residence for a death investigation.

Officials said the investigation revealed that a 36-year-old man had died as a result of a drug overdose. Upon investigating, officials discovered 32-year-old Joey Dwayne Belcher had distributed drugs to the victim prior to his death.

“Our deputies work tirelessly every day to remove these drugs from our streets, and we will hold those who choose to distribute these dangerous drugs accountable for their actions,” said JCSO in a Facebook post.

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