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Rochester Man Facing Murder Charge in Overdose Death

Antonio Beasley Photo: MN Dept. of Corrections. Antonio Beasley

September 05, 2018 10:08 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- A current inmate in the Stillwater prison is now facing a murder charge out of Olmsted County.

According to court documents, 37-year-old Antonio Beasley sold heroin to a 25-year-old man who died in April 2017. 

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An Olmsted County Sheriff's Deputy went to do a welfare check of the 25-year-old victim in his Oronoco home on April 21, 2017 and found him dead in the bathroom. Court documents show investigators found needles, a metal spoon, and a plastic bag with a powdery substance on it in the home. The plastic bag was decorated with black "spade" symbols. 

As they continued their investigation, authorities interviewed a woman who allegedly admitted to introducing the victim to Beasley so the victim could buy heroin from him. 

Investigators with the Rochester Police Department set up controlled heroin buys from Beasley. According to the criminal complaint, the heroin in those controlled buys also had black spade symbols on them. That heron was sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) for analysis, and results showed the heron also contained acrylfentanyl. 

The heroin found in the victim's home was also sent to the BCA for testing. According to court documents, those results showed that heroin also contained acrylfentanyl and morphine. 

An autopsy determined the victim's cause of death to be overdose with the presence of heroin, acrylfentanyl, morphine, buprenorphine, and codeine. 

Beasley is currently serving a 16-year prison sentence at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Stillwater for an unrelated drug-sale conviction in June 2018, from an incident involving heroin sales back in 2017. 

In the death of the Oronoco man, Beasley is now charged with Third-Degree Murder - Proximately Causing the Death of Another by Unlawfully Selling a Schedule I or II Controlled substance. That charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and/or a $40,000 fine. He's also charged with Third-Degree Controlled Substance Crime - Sale of a Narcotic Drug, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine. 

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