3 plead guilty in 16-year-old’s fatal overdose in Smyrna

Tennessee's Opioid Crisis

Three men will soon be sentenced for their role in a 16-year-old’s fatal overdose in Rutherford County earlier this year. 

In May, police responded to a scene on the 100 block of Smyrna Dr. to a 16-year-old who had overdosed on heroin.

He was unresponsive at the scene and passed away a few days later.

Through an investigation, it was revealed that Eric Cowell of Lebanon, William Yager of Lebanon, and Brett Austin McCord of Smyrna were all responsible for the 16-year-old having acquired the heroin in the first place.

Cowell pleaded guilty to criminal negligence homicide and casual exchange of heroin to a minor.

Yager pleaded guilty to casual exchange of heroin to a minor.

McCord plead guilty to criminal negligence homicide.

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