ROGERSVILLE — A grand jury voted to indict a West Virginia man on charges of second-degree murder in the overdose of a 25-year-old Rogersville woman.
Lucas Eric Lowe, 27, originally from West Virginia, was arrested on April 30 at a boat launch area in Morristown on failure to appear charges in a 2021 overdose case.
Lowe was indicted on April 11 by a grand jury in Rogersville on the charge of second-degree murder in the overdose of Chasity Leigh Dykes.
According to the presentment, Dykes’ death was “a result of the unlawful distribution of methamphetamine, a Schedule II drug,” which was the direct cause of her death.
According to Brad Jones with the Hawkins County District Attorney’s Office, a recent change to the overdose death statute now allows authorities to charge someone with second-degree murder if they can prove they delivered the drugs or were responsible for providing the drugs to the person who overdosed.
Lowe is accused of delivering or providing the drugs on April 28 that caused Dykes to overdose.
Lowe is currently being held at the Hawkins County jail.