A 24-year-old man has been booked on a count of second-degree murder in the heroin overdose death of James “Alex” Brasfield on March 7.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office reported Friday a witness has told investigators that Brandon Jamal Parker sold heroin to Brasfield on March 6. Brasfield went to his residence on Denham Road and ingested the drug before he went to sleep. Brasfield, 20, didn’t wake up.
In addition to the murder count, Parker also was booked on a count of possession with intent to distribute heroin.
Parker, known as “Beezy,” already faced a count of principal to attempted first-degree murder after he allegedly sent someone to shoot a man who’d stolen heroin from him on July 24, according to a police affidavit. The man wasn’t injured, but reported that something “grazed the top of his head as he slept.” Projectiles and a damaged window were found in the man’s room, the report said.
Parker, 2603 73rd Ave., Baton Rouge, was initially arrested on July 29 on unrelated drug charges. Detectives added the new counts Thursday night.