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Convicted Drug Felon Now Jailed on 2nd Degree Murder Charge for Supplying Fentanyl/Cocaine Mix


Convicted drug felon Lavaughn Odom, 35, is now jailed on a grand jury indictment charging him with 2nd degree murder for supplying Nashvillian Jana Somerville, 41, with a fatal mixture of cocaine and fentanyl. Somerville was found dead on March 5th at a Little Marrowbone Road residence where she had been staying. The investigation, led by Detective Tyler Conrads, shows that Odom delivered the drug mixture to Somerville’s residence the night before she died.

Dangerous fentanyl, which is frequently determined to be a factor in overdose deaths, has been found combined with other street drugs, including heroin, meth, cocaine, and even marijuana. A small amount of fentanyl can cause death.

The Specialized Investigations Division’s Neighborhood Safety Unit continues to work closely with Assistant District Attorney Mindy Vinecore in the prosecution of those alleged to have provided the drug mixtures in fatal overdose cases.

At the time of Somerville’s overdose death, Odom was on parole in Davidson County for a drug offense. In May, Neighborhood Safety Unit detectives executed a search warrant at Odom’s Mountain Springs Road residence where they seized two ounces of a cocaine/fentanyl mix, a gun, paraphernalia indicating narcotics sales, three cell phones, one gram of suspected heroin/fentanyl mix, and $25,235 cash. Since his arrest in May, he has been jailed in Bledsoe County, Tennessee for violating his parole.

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