A St. Amant resident who allegedly supplied heroin to a 20-year-old Baton Rouge man has been booked on a count of second-degree murder after test results confirmed the man died of a heroin overdose.
Andre Wilson, 20, 45497 Rodney Road, already was in Ascension Parish Jail on counts of obstruction of justice, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia but was booked Friday on the additional count of second-degree murder after autopsy and toxicology results confirmed that Abraham Said died of a heroin overdose, said Lt. Col. Bobby Webre, of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Wilson and Said both stopped by a home in the 43400 block of R. Daigle Road in Gonzales about 3 a.m. May 3, Webre said, where Wilson prepared a syringe of heroin and injected Said.
Later that morning, the occupants of the home — whom Said and Wilson were visiting — found Said unconscious, suffering from an apparent heroin overdose, Webre said. The occupants of the home called 911 while Wilson packed up the drugs and paraphernalia and left the residence.
Sheriff’s deputies found Said unresponsive, Webre said, and he subsequently died of the overdose.
Detectives investigating Said’s death recovered the syringe that Wilson is said to have used to inject the fatal dose of heroin, Webre said.
Bail for Wilson is set at $300,000.
Louisiana law allows arrest and prosecution for second-degree murder if the distribution or dispensing of an illegal drug is the direct cause of a death.
The provision has been used with increasing frequency in the past several years as heroin overdoses have claimed growing numbers of lives in the region, though it’s also sparked criticism from some public health advocates who argue it deters heroin users from calling for help.