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Fresno Man Charged With Murder in Woman's Fentanyl Death
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By Bill McEwen, News Director
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May 7, 2024

Antwane Dupree Lee, 25, of Fresno, faces a second-degree murder charge in the alleged fentanyl poisoning death of a Fresno woman last month. (Fresno County SO)

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Antwane Dupree Lee, 25, of Fresno, faces a second-degree murder charge in the alleged fentanyl poisoning death of a Fresno woman last month.

The Fresno County District Attorney’s Office filed the murder accusation, as well as drug trafficking charges, against Lee on Tuesday. If convicted, he could receive a sentence of 15 years to life in state prison.

“In addition to educating the public on the dangers of fentanyl, the Fresno County DA’s office is committed to holding to account those who are poisoning our community,” DA Lisa Smittcamp said in a statement. “This case is an example of our collaborative efforts and we will be steadfast in seeking justice for the family of Ms. Green.”

Smittcamp Calls for Tougher Fentanyl Penalties

Smittcamp also referenced the nation’s fentanyl crisis and called for stronger penalties for those convicted of fentanyl-related crimes.

“Inaction is unacceptable and our legislators can no longer ignore the reality that fentanyl poisoning is now the leading cause of death for people ages 18-45, with 1 person dying every 8 ½ minutes. It’s past time to act,” she said.

Lee is accused of selling fentanyl-laced pills to Vernisha Green, 34, on April 16. She was found dead the next day.

Victim Stabbed Outside Fresno Jail in 2014

In 2014, Green was stabbed outside the Fresno County Jail by a romantic rival after Green visited her boyfriend there.

A week after Green died, police booked Lee into jail for violating his probation. He will be arraigned on the murder and drug charges Wednesday morning.

 

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Bill McEwen,
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Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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