Death by Distribution charge used for first time in Watauga County

Last Updated on June 7, 2023 12:34 pm

On March 14, 2023 at 9:30 am the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, Boone Fire Department and Watauga Medics responded to 1571 Little Laurel Road Boone, NC 28607 in reference to a drug overdose. The victim, Karma Lea Greenlee was transported to Watauga Medical Center and later passed away due to overdose complications, Fentanyl.

The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Detectives began the investigation into the suspected over dose. Boone Police Department, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Alexander County Sheriff’s Office and the Hickory Police Department assisted in the investigation. Two suspects were identified for selling and distributing Fentanyl that killed Karma Lea Greenlee; William Michael Oxentine, of Johnson County, Tennessee and Angelina Miller of Catawba County, North Carolina were the suspects identified. 

After the investigation was complete, the case was presented to the Watauga County District Attorney’s Office, where charges were approved. Angelina Miller and William Oxentine then had warrants issued for their arrest for Death by Distribution. Angelina Miller was taken into custody in Alexander County on June 3, 2023 and was issued a $500,000 secured bond by Alexander County Magistrate’s Office and received a court date for June 28, 2023 at 9:00 AM in Watauga County District Court. William Oxentine is currently being held in the Carter CountyTennessee Detention Facility on unrelated charges out of Tennessee. Oxentine will be served with the Death by Distribution charge once he has served his current time on the unrelated charges in Tennessee. 

“Watauga County has seen a large increase in overdose deaths due to Fentanyl distribution. Detectives and officers have worked hard on tracking down the sources and distributers in efforts to prevent additional unnecessary deaths. This is the first time in Watauga County that the offense of Death by Distribution has been charged.”, stated Sheriff Len Hagaman. 

“The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office would like to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the friends and family of the Greenlee’s, as well as all friends and families who have lost a loved one in connection to the Fentanyl epidemic.”, Sheriff Hagaman said. 

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