Man charged with 2nd degree murder of girlfriend
Could face 15-60 years in prison for providing the illegal drug that caused her death
by Tilly Dillehay Editor
A 25-year-old man has been charged with 2nd degree murder following the death of his girlfriend, 23-year-old Deneshia Summers, earlier this year. Tyler Neal Hinson, a Red Boiling Springs resident, was already incarcerated when the Macon County Grand Jury handed down this sealed indictment on Monday, October 7.
Summers was found in an abandoned house on Liberty Road in May of this year, and hospitalized with a drug overdose. Investigators with the Macon County Sheriff’s Department were called to the scene, and Summers passed away on May 23rd in the hospital.
Her body was sent to the TN Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. The results of the autopsy showed a lethal overdose of methadone as the cause of death.
“Continuing the investigation,” reports Deputy Director Bryan Satterfield, “we found that she had no prescription for methadone, and at the time of her death, her co-inhabitant was Tyler Hinson—they have a child together. With evidence obtained, and after interviews, it was found that Hinson had provided illegally obtained methadone, and did contribute to the death of Ms. Summers.”
This case was then presented to the Grand Jury, and an indictment was handed down, stating that Hinson “did unlawfully kill Deneshia Summers by the unlawful distribution of a Schedule II drug, to-wit: Methadone, and the drug was a proximate cause of the death of Deneshia Summers.” According to TN law, this is a 2nd degree murder charge, a Class A felony. If convicted, Hinson could serve 15-60 years.
Hinson has many previous charges, including at least eleven drug charges related to a single arrest in 2010, and earlier this year, an incident that led to violation of probation, reckless endangerment, possession of drug paraphernalia, evading arrest, and resisting arrest. He was out on bail at the time of Summers’ death.
Summers, according to her obituary, was employed by Home Care Givers of Cookeville, and enjoyed photography, music, and organization.
Hinson faces these charges in court on February 14, 2014. He was assigned a $100,000 bond.
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