Mooresville man charged with 2nd degree murder in overdose death


Pictured above: Justin Kauffman – Picture courtesy of the Mooresville Police Department

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – On April 24, Justin Wayne Kauffman, 24, of Mooresville was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder in the death of Alexandria Leigh McNeely, 23, also of Mooresville.

On December 3, 2017, McNeely was found dead in a 2004 Kia Rio in the parking lot of Brawley Commons Shopping Center. The investigation revealed McNeely died of a drug overdose of counterfeit pills containing fentanyl, a Schedule II controlled substance, sold to her by Kauffman.

Along with Second Degree Murder, Kauffman was charged with three counts of Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance, one count of Selling a Schedule II Controlled Substance, one count Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver a Controlled Substance within 1,000’ of a School, one count of Maintaining a Vehicle for the Purpose of Keeping or Selling a Controlled Substance, and three counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Deputy Chief Gerald Childress stated, “The Mooresville Police Department recognizes the significance of this case. We want our citizens to know we are holding the drug dealers accountable for their role in drug related deaths. Their actions will not go unpunished.”

This was a joint investigation between the Mooresville Police Department’s Criminal Investigations and Narcotics Divisions. After his arrest, Kauffman was transported to the Iredell County Jail where he received a $700,000 secured bond.

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