Putnam County man arrested in drug-related death of Smithville woman

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Patrick Goolsby

Patrick Goolsby (Source: TBI)

DeKALB COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — Investigators from the TBI and DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a Putnam County man in the death of a woman from Smithville.

According to TBI, 41-year-old Patrick Goolsby was charged with one count of second degree murder and one count of sale and delivery of a controlled substance in the death of 45-year-old Jennifer Jacobs. Jacobs was found dead on May 22 in her Smithville home of a drug overdose, with fentanyl determined as a contributing factor.

Investigators learned that on May 18, Jacobs had purchased drugs by Goolsby. A DeKalb County Grand Jury indicted Goolsby on Monday.

Goolsby was booked into DeKalb County Jail on $400,000 bond.


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