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Girlfriend charged with murder in ex-judge’s fentanyl OD

The girlfriend of a former Texas judge who died of a fentanyl overdose has been charged with murder for allegedly giving him the deadly drug.

Kami Ludwig, 35, was arrested Monday on suspicion of purchasing fentanyl-laced Xanax pills, cocaine and other illegal drugs that led to the death of former Tarrant County District Judge William Shane Nolen in November. arrested.

The 47-year-old father’s 9-year-old son was home at the time of the fatal overdose.

Ludwig is charged with murder and possession of a controlled substance, grapevine. the police said.

Former Texas judge William Shane Nolen, 47, died in November after ingesting fentanyl and antidepressants. Facebook/William Shane Nolen

The woman’s arrest, more than three months after her fatal overdose, stems from a new state law that took effect in September, creating a criminal offense of murder resulting in death for the supply of fentanyl. .

“They found evidence that she had searched for pills,” said Amanda McNew of the Grapevine Police Department. he told Fox 4 News. “She bought them and brought them back to the victim. He took them and he died.”

Ludwig allegedly obtained drugs from dealers in Fort Worth, Texas, and Louisiana.

On November 20, 2023, Grapevine, Texas police officers responded to a residential death investigation.

Kami Ludwig, 35, faces murder and drug possession charges in the death of her boyfriend from a fentanyl overdose. grapevine police station

Nolen was found dead of a suspected opioid overdose in his bedroom while his young son was home.

Several pills marked “M-30” were found scattered nearby.

Detectives also seized 40 blue pills containing fentanyl, cocaine, oxycodone and Xanax from Ludwig’s wallet, according to an arrest affidavit.

Ludwig, who called 911, claimed that he woke up before dawn to find Nolen unresponsive next to him and ran to a neighbor’s house for help.

Police alleged that Ludwig (right) provided Nolen (left) with deadly drugs that he had purchased from a dealer. Facebook/William Shane Nolen

A search of Ludwig’s cell phone allegedly revealed that she obtained the drugs from suspected dealers known as “Blue” and “T.”

According to the affidavit, Ludwig texted “T” asking if he could go to her home in Fort Worth on Nov. 19, based on his cell phone’s location data.

She also allegedly received a package from Louisiana that contained a box of Apple iPhones containing Xanax pills.

An autopsy on Nolen revealed that she died from a combination of fentanyl and the antidepressant trazodone.

Police obtained an arrest warrant for Ludwig on murder charges last week, and she turned herself in to authorities on Monday.

She was later released from jail on bond.

“Fentanyl murder is a serious charge and sentencing should be withheld until all the facts and circumstances are known,” Tiffany Burks, Ludwig’s attorney, told FOX 4.

“Kami has also suffered the loss of a beloved friend, and we proudly advocate for her.”

Police continue to track down the dealer who supplied the fentanyl.

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