SMITHVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER IN DRUG-RELATED DEATH

A joint investigation by special agents with the Drug Investigation Division of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department has resulted in the indictment of a Smithville man, in connection to the drug-related death of a DeKalb County man earlier this year.

On February 9, 2023, agents joined deputies in investigating the death of 42-year-old William Wayne Graham. He was found deceased at a residence on Bright Hill Road. The investigation revealed that he died from acute combined drug toxicity which included ethanol, alprazolam, cocaine, methamphetamine, and fentanyl. During the investigation, investigators identified Scott Ferrell as the individual who provided the cocaine to the victim.

Yesterday (November 27, 2023), the DeKalb County Grand Jury returned indictments charging 59-year-old Scott Alan Ferrell with second-degree murder, sale of a Schedule II narcotic, and delivery of a Schedule II narcotic.

Today (November 28, 2023), Ferrell was arrested and booked into the DeKalb County Jail on a $500,000 bond.