Nicholas Gosnell

A man accused of selling someone fentanyl last year who later overdosed and died has been indicted for felony murder by a Cherokee County grand jury.

Nicholas Gosnell, 22, of Canton, sold fentanyl in August 2020 to John O’Connell, and “did cause the death of John O’Connell by fentanyl intoxication,” according to an indictment filed Sept. 14.

The indictment also charges him with choking another man, and with having flualprazolam, a psychoactive drug, with intent to distribute.

According to his arrest warrant, Gosnell sold pills containing fentanyl to the man in the Acworth area in southwest Cherokee County.

Gosnell is charged with felony murder, seven counts of violation of Georgia’s controlled substances act, trafficking fentanyl and aggravated assault.

Gosnell was arrested Sept. 14 and remains in the Cherokee County jail without bond, according to the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office.

An indictment is a formal charge of felony offenses, and defendants are assumed innocent until proven guilty.


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