Man charged with second-degree murder in heroin overdose case in Gastonia

- Gaston County Police have charged a man with second degree murder in the overdose death of Tonya Smith Reese.

Authorities responded to 3500 block of Dallas-High Shoals Hwy on Friday, March 11, regarding a possible drug overdoes.

Reese was found unresponsive and taken to Caromont Regional Medical Center. She died as a result of an overdoes of heroin on Sunday, March 20.

Austin Sutton is being held at the Gaston County Jail without bond. 

The investigation is continuing and anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective B.T. Dalton at 704-866-3320 or Crimestoppers 704-861-8000.


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