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Woman Indicted for First-Degree Murder in Fentanyl-Overdose

In a significant development last Thursday afternoon, Jodie Ann Overholser (W/F, DOB: 08/30/1972) was taken into custody by Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Major Crimes Detective Ryan Stith. The arrest followed a Grand Jury indictment charging Overholser with Murder in the First Degree for the alleged unlawful distribution of fentanyl, resulting in the tragic death of 23-year-old Austin Roberson.

The unfolding events trace back to May 18, 2023, when MCSO responded to a call reporting the death of Austin Roberson. Detective Stith, from the Major Crimes unit, commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the victim’s demise. Evidence collected at the scene pointed towards a drug overdose, with drug paraphernalia discovered in Roberson’s vehicle, alongside a white crystalline substance and a blue powder substance. The substances were secured as evidence for testing.

On May 19, 2023, the Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that the victim’s cause of death was a result of combined drug toxicity. Subsequent inquiry by Detective Stith, in collaboration with a Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team agent, revealed instant messages exchanged between the victim and Overholser on May 17, 2023, discussing the sale of drugs. Further connecting the dots, a payment was traced to Overholser’s Cashapp account, matching the previously discussed amount.

A significant breakthrough occurred on June 20, 2023, when a search warrant was executed at Overholser’s residence. The arrest followed for Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Detective Stith continued his investigation, submitting the collected substances for testing by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). The subsequent laboratory analysis identified the white crystal substance as methamphetamine and the blue powder substance as fentanyl.

The compelling findings were presented to a Grand Jury, resulting in the indictment against Overholser. Taken into custody at her residence, Overholser is currently held without bond at the Marion County Jail. The charges underscore the gravity of her alleged involvement in the fentanyl-overdose death of Austin Roberson.

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