Asheville man charged with murder in OD death

BUNCOMBE Co., N.C. (WSPA) -- A man has been charged with second-degree murder in a deadly fentanyl overdose.

Deputies say Kevin Mack Shepherd, 44, of Asheville was charged earlier this week. He was already jailed on a larceny charge.

Shepherd remains in the Buncombe County Detention Center under $313,000 secured bond.

“This was a culmination of many, many hours of investigative work by the professional detectives working here at your Sheriff’s Office and at the Buncombe Co. Anti-Crime Task Force,” Capt. Randy Smart said in a statement.

Smart said law enforcement would continue “to vigorously investigate all drug overdose deaths to determine if criminal liability can be leveled against the drug dealers and traffickers that poison our communities.”

Deputies ask anyone with information about illegal drug sales to call the Buncombe County Anti-Crime Task Force at 828-232-1580 and/or CrimeStoppers at 828-250-5050.

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