The Duluth Police Department arrested two men accused of providing fentanyl that killed a 25-year-old woman Sept. 19 in Duluth.
Kyham Lavon Dunn, 25, and Solomon Byrd Jr., 27, have both been charged with third-degree aiding and abetting murder. Police arrested both men on warrants Thursday, Jan. 9.
At approximately 4:15 a.m. Sept. 18, authorities responded to a call asking for medical assistance in a hotel room at 200 W. First St. in Duluth, according to the criminal complaint. A woman was found unconscious in the hotel room's bathroom. After lifesaving efforts proved unsuccessful, the victim was pronounced dead.
The St. Louis County assistant medical examiner determined the cause of death to be fentanyl toxicity.
During a brief search of the hotel room, law enforcement located a piece of burnt tin foil that later tested positive for the presence of fentanyl. The victim's mother and 3-year-old son were also in the hotel room, according to the complaint. Law enforcement later learned that the victim's partner had died of an overdose seven days earlier in Superior.
An investigation revealed the victim had made arrangements to purchase heroin from Dunn, who had an active warrant for his arrest and was arrested that same day. He admitted to facilitating the drug exchange between the victim and Byrd.
Dunn then went with law enforcement to point out Byrd's residence, where police located drug paraphernalia and Byrd's cellphone.
An electronic forensic analysis revealed that the victim picked Dunn up at his address Sept. 17 before Dunn placed a call with Byrd. Shortly after, Dunn and the victim arrived at Byrd's residence for a few minutes. The victim then dropped off Dunn at his residence before returning to her hotel room.
Dunn in 2016 was acquitted of a party to murder charge in the 2014 shooting death of Garth Velin in Superior. One of the five people arrested in the case, Dunn was the only defendant to be found not guilty.
Police arrested a third person Thursday in connection with the other two defendants. Brandon Capone Williams-Gillard, 21, of Duluth lived at the same address as Byrd when law enforcement conducted the search.
Law enforcement found Williams-Gillard in possession of a pistol, marijuana, $1,300 in cash and ecstasy during the search on Sept. 18. He is charged with two counts of felon in possession of a firearm and one count of possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree.
Dunn, Byrd and Williams-Gillard were scheduled to appear in 6th Judicial District Court Friday.
Anyone affected by addiction can call the Duluth Police Department's opioid hotline number at 218-730-4009 to learn about resources for treatment and recovery.
Editor's note: This story has been updated.