Charlotte man faces murder charges after Kannapolis man died of drug overdose

Published 1:05 pm Thursday, May 16, 2019

KANNAPOLIS — Police have charged a Charlotte man with the July 2018 murder of 37-year-old Shaun Antonio Alexander, of Kannapolis, after he was initially believed to have died from a drug overdose.

Police said Bruck Birega Fekadu, the man responsible for selling the drugs that led to the overdose, has been charged with murder.

Fekadu, 29, was arrested Thursday and charged with second-degree murder and selling a schedule two controlled substance. Fekadu was initially taken into custody by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and subsequently turned over to the Kannapolis Police Department for processing. Fekadu is currently being held in the Cabarrus County jail under no bond.

According to officials, on July 28, 2018, Kannapolis Police responded to the 100 block of Suburban Avenue, the home of the victim, in reference to a death investigation.

Officers found Alexander deceased from an apparent drug overdose. The case was assigned to the agency’s Vice Narcotics Unit for further investigation.

Over the next 10 months, investigators spent hours collecting evidence and conducting interviews in reference to the death of Alexander. The investigation revealed that Alexander ultimately died as the result of a fentanyl overdose and Fekadu was the person responsible for selling him the drug.

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