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Man Charged With Murder in Fatal Drug Dose

A man has pleaded not guilty to a charge that he murdered a woman by selling her a fatal dose of a drug laced with the painkiller fentanyl.

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A Providence, Rhode Island, man has pleaded not guilty to a charge that he murdered a Cranston woman by selling her a fatal dose of a drug laced with the painkiller fentanyl.

The Providence Journal reports that Aaron Andrade appeared in Superior Court Monday on counts of murder, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and delivery of a controlled substance.

A Providence County grand jury indicted the 23-year-old Andrade last week in connection with the overdose last year of a 29-year-old Kristen Coutu.

Andrade is accused of selling an illicit drug containing "nearly pure fentanyl" to Coutu, who was found unresponsive in her mother's car on Feb. 17, 2014. The cause of death was ruled to be fentanyl intoxication.

The state Department of Health says 83 deaths involved fentanyl.

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