Chattanooga man charged with second degree murder in connection with overdose death

Images: Hamilton County Jail / DEA via MGN

A 30-year-old Chattanooga man faces second degree murder charges after police say he contributed to the recent overdose death of a woman.

Police arrested James Shepherd on Tuesday and booked him into the Hamilton County Jail.

Chattanooga Police say after a thorough investigation, investigators determined Shepherd supplied heroin to a 33-year-old woman who was found dead on June 11th in a room at 7014 McCutcheon Road.

The Hamilton County Medical Examiner's preliminary examination concluded the woman's death was caused by a heroin overdose.

CPD spokesperson Elisa Myzal confirms that the woman was one of four people who died of drug overdoses in a 24-hour period between June 10 and 11. The deaths led to police and Mayor Burke warning the community of extremely dangerous drugs being in circulation.

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