The Jefferson County Grand Jury has returned an indictment charging a Dandridge man with second-degree murder following a six-month investigation.

Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Coffey said deputies with the patrol division, criminal investigation division, and 4th Judicial District Drug Task Force responded to a residence for a death investigation. The ensuing investigation revealed a 36-year-old man had died as a result of a drug overdose, and Joey Dwayne Belcher, 32, Cox Road, Dandridge, had allegedly distributed drugs to the victim just prior to his death.

Tennessee state law establishes second-degree murder entails the killing of another as the result of the unlawful distribution of any Schedule I or Schedule II drug, when the drug is the proximate cause of the death of the user.

“We are not releasing the name of the victim at the request of the family due to the circumstances,” the sheriff said. “Our deputies work tirelessly every day to remove these drugs from our streets, and we will hold those who choose to distribute these dangerous drugs accountable for their actions.”