Davis, Chelsey

Davis

A Gallatin woman has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with a fatal overdose that occurred earlier this year.

Chelsey Ann Davis, 28, was indicted by the Sumner County Grand Jury on Oct. 10 following an investigation into the overdose death of 32-year-old Brandon Kyle McDuffee on June 20. She was taken into custody Friday outside a residence in Nashville.

“We could determine that they had been together prior to his death and that she had provided the narcotics that ultimately led to his death,” Investigator Katie Hope with the Gallatin Police Department told the Gallatin News about the case. “They were ex’s and they hung out for the purposes of getting high.”

According to police, an autopsy determined that McDuffee died from fentanyl toxicity. 

A syringe recovered from the scene was found to contain only fentanyl, Hope added. No heroin was detected in the test results. 

“I can’t say for sure, but I do not believe that he intended on using completely fentanyl,” Hope said. “It was a very little bit that took its affect and ultimately caused his death.”

McDuffee’s death was one of three fatal overdoses that Gallatin police responded to within a span of 12 days in July. The deceased included two 32-year-old males and a 40-year-old male. 

At the time, police suspected heroin use in each case.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of deaths nationwide involving heroin in combination with synthetic narcotics has been steadily increasing since 2014 and is being driven by the use of fentanyl.

In Sumner County, there were 40 drug overdose deaths during 2017, according to the most recent available data from the Tennessee Department of Health. Of those, 10 were related to heroin use.

Davis is the second person to be charged this year in connection with a fatal overdose in Gallatin.

In March, 32-year-old Brandon Flatford was arrested and charged with one count of second-degree murder following a nine-month investigation into the death of Philip Dobbler last year.

As of Monday, Davis was still being held in the Sumner County Jail on $100,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in Sumner County Criminal Court for an arraignment hearing Nov. 5.

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