Man indicted on murder charge for 2017 Craven County fentanyl death

CRAVEN COUNTY, N.C. (WITN)- An indictment has been announced against a man accused of murder in a drug overdose case.

Craven County District Attorney Scott Thomas and Sheriff Chip Hughes say that James Bradley, 42, of Asheville, has been indicted on second-degree murder caused by controlled substance and sale or delivery of a schedule II controlled substance charges.

It was back in August of 2017 that the indictments say that Bradley, who lived in Craven County at the time, sold fentanyl to 29-year-old Matthew Doxey. The indictment says that the drug led to Doxey's death.

Doxey was arrested and brought from Buncombe County to Craven County to be served with the indictments.

He had a first appearance today and was given a $1,000,000 secured bond. His next court date is November 1st.

North Carolina in the last few years expanded the second-degree murder statute to include punishment for unlawful drug distribution that leads to the death of the user.

Doxey is facing a maximum possible punishment of more than 40 years in prison if convicted.