published Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Cleveland man charged with murder in pill overdose death

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    Matt Campbell

A Cleveland, Tenn., man has been charged with murder in the overdose death of a McMinn County man last year, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

In a news release, TBI spokeswoman Kristin Helm said Matt Campbell, 29, was indicted by the McMinn County grand jury on charges of supplying illegal prescription pills to Jason Hampton of Niota, Tenn.

Hampton, 33, died Dec. 4 from an overdose, Helm said.

Campbell is charged with second-degree murder, sale and delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.

Three others whom the TBI said were with Hampton on the night he died also were charged.

Marvin Collins, 41; his brother, Randall Collins, 19; and Carrie Beth Robinson, 20, all of Athens, Tenn., were charged with facilitating the sale and delivery of controlled substance and conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, Helm said.

All four were booked into the McMinn County Jail. Campbell’s bond is set at $250,000, Marvin Collins’ bond at $20,000 and Randall Collins’ at $10,000. Robinson was released on a $20,000 bond.

The investigation was a joint effort between the TBI and the Athens Police Department, Helm said.

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observer279 said...

So a guy sells a man RX medication, said man takes too many and dies... the seller has committed murder? Wow. What a country.

July 22, 2011 at 3:50 p.m.
dao1980 said...

That does seem pretty far fetched.

Since we're already being silly, I wonder if the company that produced the meds is also liable?

July 22, 2011 at 3:53 p.m.
Chiyote said...

It should have been manslaughter. I can't see how a drug deal case could be murder 2. Manslaughter I would completely agree with though. He didn't have the medical training to dispense pain killers, yet knowingly did something which carried consequences.

July 22, 2011 at 4:26 p.m.

Something tells me the accused will cop a plea. 2nd degree to manslaughter sounds about right. Anyway they are just a bunch of druggies doomed to failure.

July 23, 2011 at 9:42 a.m.
ceeweed said...

Mr.Hampton died from his disease, drug addiction. It seems like a crock of crap that the State suddenly has all this compassion for the deceased. There are thousands of Tennesseans suffering from drug addiction and alcoholism. They are not just a bunch of druggies and drunks. They all have redeeming qualities and people who love them as I am sure Mr.Hampton had... It is absurd to even consider Mr.Campbell a murderer...A first year law student could successfully defend a client against this charge.

July 23, 2011 at 9:48 p.m.
cdb88 said...

right i agree wit u ceeweed campbell didnt force hampton to take the drug's so he shouldnt be charged with murder, kinda harsh...

July 25, 2011 at 1:39 a.m.
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