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Athenian man charged with felony murder

August 4 – Gary Amerson, 46, of Athens, is charged with murder and multiple drug charges after overdosing on a woman in his home. He is currently being held at the Limestone County Detention Facility on $110,000 bond. A hearing on Aniah’s law will be held at a later date.

On the evening of July 26, deputies and investigators from the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about an overdose at Amerson’s home in the 13000 block of Quinn Road. They arrived and found an unresponsive woman in Amerson’s living room.

According to Amerson, he dosed the victim with Narcan, ate a bowl of cereal, and called 20 minutes after discovering she was unresponsive. Investigator Jesse Gibson and Lieutenant Johnny Morell found that Amerson waited more than an hour to call 911.

After obtaining a search warrant for Amerson’s home, probable cause to arrest Amerson was found for drug trafficking (methamphetamine), possession of a gun by a violent felon, two counts of possession of a controlled substance (Buprenorphine Hydrochloride Pills and fentanyl), felony possession of drug paraphernalia, distribution of a controlled substance, and felony murder for the death of the victim.

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“While we are saddened by this tragic loss of another life to drugs, I am proud of the response to this crime by my deputies and investigators. During this investigation, we learned that this alleged perpetrator had 3 to 4 pounds of meth and up to 32 grams of fentanyl in our community per week. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency, 32 grams of fentanyl could kill up to 16,000 people. His drug operation is now over. We will aggressively continue to seek and prosecute these perpetrators to the fullest extent of the law,” said Sheriff Joshua McLaughlin of Limestone County.

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