One man in custody, another at large in overdose murder case

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ATOKA, Tenn.  -- A fatal overdose in Atoka leads to murder charges for two men who reportedly supplied it to the deceased.

Justin Slepicka and Aaron Lipford were both charged with second-degree murder and possession of a controlled substance after Bertrand Tuggle's death was ruled to be an overdose caused by Fentanyl toxicity.

Authorities say Slepicka and Lipford supplied those drugs.

Slepicka is still at large.

"We’ve hired someone to focus on nothing but heroin prosecutions," said District Attorney Amy Weirich.

Weirich says in 2017, the county is cracking down on heroin dealers.

"That is focus number 1 finding these dealers, finding where the supply is coming from and cutting it off and removing these people from the streets," added Weirich.

"In situations like this when we can make a murder case and utilize that murder statute thats the best outcome for the victim and to keep someone else from dying," added Weirich.

For those who knew Tuggle knowing the people accused of feeding his habit could pay for his death helps the grieving process.

"I liked him, he was very gentle but he had a problem," said Hooshang Shanesvangi

He dialed 911 the night Tuggle's wife found her husband in their driveway overdosing on heroin

"He came from rehab the same night and then the same night he died."

For Shanesvangi, there’s a bit of closure knowing the people accused of selling his friend drugs could spend a lot of time behind bars.