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Gainesville Police: Man charged with murder in drug death case
Casey-Trichel
Casey Trichel

A Winder man was arrested and charged with felony murder for allegedly distributing a drug that caused another Winder man’s death, according to Gainesville Police.

Casey Aaron Trichel, 24, was arrested April 21 for his alleged connection to the death of 23-year-old Joseph Patterson, who died on Feb. 16.

According to the warrants, Trichel is accused of distributing “what he believed to be a controlled substance to Patterson who ingested fentanyl, a Schedule II controlled substance, resulting in Patterson’s death.”

Attempts to reach Hall County Coroner Marion Merck about Patterson’s death were unsuccessful.

The warrants allege the events took place in the 2700 block of Shades Valley Lane in Gainesville between Feb. 15 and Feb. 16. According to Patterson’s obituary, he died on Feb. 16.

Further information from Gainesville Police was not available Monday.

A woman answered the phone at a number connected to Trichel in the Hall County Comprehensive Justice Information System, but she declined to comment.

Patterson’s mother, Lisa Hicks, said her son was a health nut, whose 24th birthday would have been April 10.

Hicks said Patterson was visiting with a cousin in Gainesville at the time.

“It was the worst day of my life, and it hasn’t been good every day since,” she said.

Hicks said her son did not have any prior issues with drugs, nor was she aware of fentanyl, a pain medication classified as an opioid analgesic.

“Now I’ve learned it’s some pretty bad stuff,” she said.

Hicks said Trichel and Patterson knew each other.

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