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Texas man admits he knew the pills that killed his colleague contained fentanyl

A North Texas man charged with murder admitted to knowingly selling drugs laced with fentanyl that led to the death of his co-worker in January, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Pedro Martinez, 31, was charged with the murder of 26-year-old Dylan King. Martinez has been in Denton County Jail since Friday, with bail set at $250,000. It was initially unclear whether Martinez has a lawyer.

On Jan. 21, Denton police responded to a call from the 500 block of Inman Street in which a woman reported her boyfriend had taken something and wouldn’t wake up, the affidavit states. Denton Fire Department arrived at the scene and pronounced the caller’s boyfriend, later identified as King, dead at the scene.

According to the affidavit, King’s girlfriend told investigators that two days earlier, King said he wanted to buy “Percs” – a term for the prescription drug Percocet and the fake pills that look like the drug – from one of his co-workers named Pedro. However, King did not get the drugs from his co-workers at the time.

Texan charged with murder after fatal fentanyl overdose in Denton

On the morning of his death, King told his girlfriend he got the “Percs” from Pedro, and she described them to police as small blue pills marked “30,” the affidavit states. Both King and his girlfriend took the pills around 7 a.m. King was unresponsive when his girlfriend woke up several hours later.

The Tarrant County Coroner determined King’s cause of death was combined cocaine and fentanyl poisoning.

Investigators found that a man named Pedro — later identified as Martinez — was employed at the same Jack in the Box in Corinth where King was employed, according to the affidavit. Investigators spoke with Martinez on June 18 at the Denton County Jail, where he was being held on other charges. After being read his Miranda rights, Martinez admitted that he gave King two “percs” at work the night before his death, knowing they contained fentanyl, according to the affidavit.

Officers obtained the murder warrant the same day they spoke with Martinez at the Denton County Jail. According to a Denton police news release, Martinez is the fifth person charged with murder in connection with a fentanyl overdose since a law went into effect last year that criminalizes murder when fentanyl is delivered that results in a person’s death.