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2 charged with felony murder in Batesville OD death

November 9, 2017

A southeastern Indiana prosecutor has charged two people with felony murder in connection with an overdose death.

Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel said Wednesday he filed the charges against Alvin Trimnell, who's accused of selling heroin, and against Nathaniel Wamsley of Batesville, who Hertel says gave his wife, Rachel, the fatal injection that included fentanyl. She died July 30.

A felony murder charge alleges someone has died while a felony was being committed. It carries a possible sentence of 45 to 65 years in prison. Hertel said he believed it's the first time the charge has been filed for an overdose in Indiana.

Hertel said the men were arrested Tuesday after a three-month investigation. Their ages were not available, nor was Trimnell’s hometown. It’s not clear whether they had attorneys.

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