4 arrested in Hermitage woman’s fentanyl overdose death

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Four people are now charged in connection with the 2015 fentanyl overdose death of a Hermitage woman.

Metro police say Nicole Aylward died on April 3, 2015 while at the Central Pike apartment of Shannon Wise and Joseph Thompson.

Authorities say Aylward suffered a non-fatal overdose in that same apartment just days earlier.

Wise and Thompson were arrested on the day she died on a charge of second-degree murder and a number of felony drug offenses.

Narcotic detectives allege the two provided Aylward with drugs.

A press release states that as detectives continued to work on the case, they identified Michael Lacefield, 28, and Najir Ellis, 19, as the persons who allegedly sold or delivered the fentanyl-laced heroin to the apartment.

Lacefield was arrested last year. Ellis was arrested in Clarksville this week. Because he was just 17 at the time of the alleged drug delivery, Ellis is presently charged with second-degree murder in Juvenile Court.

The second-degree murder charges against Wise, Thompson and Lacefield are pending in Davidson County Criminal Court. Their next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 15.

Metro police say another person indicted in the case, James Cooke, 39, is accused of shopping fentanyl-laced heroin from Detroit to Nashville.