Man wanted for homicide in connection with February overdose death in custody

Posted at 2:35 PM, Aug 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-09 15:48:11-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A suspect who was wanted for the February overdose death of a teen girl has been apprehended.

On February 14 this year, a 17-year-old girl was found unresponsive in her Lebanon home. She was later pronounced deceased.

When the girl's autopsy revealed her cause of death to be acute fentanyl toxicity, officers determined that 28-year-old Antwan Whitehead sold her the lethal narcotics.

In July, Whitehead was indicted for second degree homicide for the girl's death.

Whitehead was apprehended Tuesday, when U.S. Marshals located him after a month of searching. He was brought in without incident.

Whitehead has been transported back to Wilson County for trial. He is being held on a bond of $250,000.

Speaking on the dangers of fentanyl and illegal drugs today, Jason Lawson, the prosecutor in the case, said, "Drug users believe that they are ingesting heroin, xanax, methamphetamine, cocaine, or pills - when in fact the substance they are putting into their bodies is fentanyl. Fentanyl is many time more powerful than the other drug, and people don't realize the degree to which they are overdosing themselves."