Alleged drug dealer faces homicide charges in overdose death

By: WFTV Web Staff

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SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - A man accused of selling drugs that killed a Seminole County man faces homicide charges, prosecutors said.

Mark Nelson died July 4 from a heroin overdose that was laced with fentanyl at an Altamonte Springs apartment complex, police said.

"(He was) just a really good guy that would do anything for anybody,” Nelson’s uncle, Albert Reale, told Channel 9’s Jeff Levkulich.

Police said through text messages that they found out Tyron Bradshaw sold Nelson the heroin. Bradshaw was originally charged with possession of heroin.

Four months later, on what would have been Nelson’s 32nd birthday, Bradshaw faces an additional charge of homicide resulting from distribution of a controlled substance.

“This is a pretty good present for his mom, I think, on a day like today, when I tell her they finally caught this guy,” Reale said.

Reale said the charge fits the crime and said it’s no different than if Nelson had been shot.

“I hope he can serve as an example that people can't get away with this, and if they do, I'm glad it's getting taken serious like it is. Maybe some of this supply will dry up and people will go into hiding somewhere and not come out,” Reale said.

When Bradshaw was taken into custody, he was already wanted on a bench warrant for failure to appear to a hearing on his initial drug charges.

Bradshaw is being held in the Seminole County Jail without bail. 

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