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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Henderson Man for Fentanyl Overdose Deaths

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Kentucky

Henderson, KY – A federal grand jury in Bowling Green returned a two-count indictment charging a local man with distribution of fentanyl causing two separate deaths in the Henderson area.

U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky, Henderson Police Chief Sean L. McKinney, and Henderson County Sheriff David Crafton made the announcement.

According to court documents, between December 27, 2021, and January 31, 2022, Elijah Lovell, 19, of Henderson, distributed fentanyl that resulted in the death of another person, “J.H.” Additionally, on May 5, 2022, Lovell distributed fentanyl that resulted in the death of “C.G.”

If convicted, Lovell faces a minimum sentence of 20 years and a maximum sentence of life in prison. There is no parole in the federal system. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the United States Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The Henderson Police Department and the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the case.

Assistant United States Attorney Frank Dahl is prosecuting the case.

An indictment is merely an allegation. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Updated October 12, 2022