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Rustburg man held in Halifax jail charged in January death

A 41-year-old Rustburg man currently being held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Halifax on probation violation charges, now also faces felony charges of murder and distributing a controlled substance as a result of a direct grand jury indictment from Campbell County Circuit Court, according to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office.

 Harold Morris Smith Jr., of Stormcrest Road, Rustburg was charged with the alleged offense that occurred Jan. 17.  Cpl. P. C. Clayton served the warrants Wednesday.

According to Investigator Tracey Emerson of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, Smith is charged with the death of 22-year-old Casey Beals of Rustburg.

 On Jan. 18, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office responded to call that Beals had been found in his home unresponsive.  When the officers arrived, it was discovered that Beals had a Fentanyl patch in his throat, Emerson said.

According to Emerson, Fentanyl is a schedule two drug that is given to terminally ill cancer patients for pain, and is meant to be distributed over the body over a period of 72 hours. However, Beals allegedly put the patch on his tongue with the intention to get high and overdosed.

After the discovery of the patch, it was determined that Smith had provided Beals with Fentanyl patch linked to his death, Emerson said.