Deadly Overdoses Increase, RPD Continue to Charge Alleged Dealers with Manslaughter

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Following an increase in overdoses, yet another Madison County resident has been charged with manslaughter following an overdose death. According to police, 30-year-old Terrell Whitlow is now charged with multiple offenses, including second-degree manslaughter, trafficking in a controlled substance (carfentanil or fentanyl as well as methamphetamine), aggravated trafficking in a controlled substance for methamphetamine, first offense trafficking in marijuana, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance for opiates, and buying/possessing drug paraphernalia.

Police report that they responded to East Irvine Street in reference to a deceased woman in an upstairs bedroom. A used hypodermic needle was found near the body, who was later identified as as 40-year-old Ronda Tyree of Richmond.

After an investigation, it was determined by officers that Whitlow was involved in the drug transaction, and he was taken to the police department for questioning. The citation continues that Whitlow was asked why he was brought in for questioning, and police stated he responded, saying, “Because of the messages you found on her phone.”

The citation continues that Whitlow allegedly told police he only sold the victim marijuana and not any opioids. However, police stated in the citation there was evidence pointing to the sale of heroin or fentanyl between the two.

A search warrant was then conducted on Whitlow’s residence, where officers allegedly found fentanyl, methamphetamine, 76 Oxycodone tablets, marijuana, scales, and four firearms including two handguns and two rifles. Whitlow was charged with the multitude of offenses including second degree manslaughter and lodged in the Madison County Detention Center.