Alleged drug dealer charged in connection to woman's overdose death

Posted at 3:17 PM, Apr 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-25 19:11:46-04

An alleged drug dealer has been charged in connection with a woman's overdose death.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter announced Tuesday that Taylor Rogers, 29, has been charged with murder and is accused of selling heroin to Jillian Searle, who died of an overdose March 21.

"Although Searle's life can never be replaced, the first degree murder charge will hopefully bring the family some kind of justice," Hunter said.

According to a court affidavit, Rogers told officers that he sold Searle a gram of heroin approximately 24 hours prior to her death.

“I applaud the efforts of the Tulsa Police Department, led by Chief Chuck Jordan for using the Safe Oklahoma Grant to pursue criminal drug dealers, gangs and other illicit enterprises," Hunter said. "I am honored my office could play a role by providing these resources and making Tulsa and the state a safer place.”

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