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Autopsy: Harnett woman died of drug overdose

Posted July 15, 2011

— A Harnett County woman found dead in her home in May overdosed on prescription morphine, according to autopsy results released Friday.

Tina Marie Lester, 37, and her husband Jonathan Brian Lester, 34, were found dead inside their home at 72 Emerald Lane in Broadway on May 16, according to the Harnett County Sheriff's Office. The autopsy report states that Tina Lester was on the floor of her bedroom.

Tina Lester had a lethal amount of morphine in her blood high above the prescribed dosage, the autopsy found. She had knee and hip problems and had been prescribed morphine.

A toxicology test also found toxic levels of diazepam, diphenhydramine and gabapentin in her blood, along with lower levels of verapamil, caffeine, promethazine and ethanol.

The autopsy determined that the cause of death was acute morphine toxicity.

Results of an autopsy for Jonathan Brian Lester haven't been released.

Authorities have said they don't suspect foul play in the deaths.

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  • Army Brat I Am Jul 15, 7:17 p.m.

    It could have been an accident. I know when people are in pain they take more then what is said on the labels. Not sure if it's the case here. But my heart goes out to the family.

  • YippiYiyoKiYay Jul 15, 6:55 p.m.

    Bottom line here folks....theres a child left here now with no parents. It doesn't matter now what happened, what matters is this child's welfare from here on out. How tragic.

  • anneonymousone Jul 15, 6:48 p.m.

    My best thoughts are with you, Metaylor, and the rest of the Lesters' friends and family.

  • metaylor Jul 15, 6:10 p.m.

    Don't judge or assume the worst before you know the facts. Remember family members read these comments. It is hard enough dealing with the lost but when you learn they pasted this way, it is even harder.
    This was my sister. She has dealt with medical challenges since the day she was born. I do find some comfort knowing she is not suffering anymore.

  • lisapeters Jul 15, 4:51 p.m.

    "Sounds like she could have been overdosed because the husband couldn't stand to watch her in so much pain. Why would a woman this young have such problems??? Lots of things not answered here. Let's not jump to conclusion, let's hope the facts come out"

    Let's not jump to conclusions? I think you just did!

    LOL!

  • CharmedLife Jul 15, 3:34 p.m.

    Something about this still sounds off. A husband AND wife found dead in their home, one due to a script drug overdose, other unreleased. Hmmmm??

  • wildcat Jul 15, 2:57 p.m.

    overdosed on prescription morphine

    People really need to follow the directions when using prescription drugs. Do as the doctor directs, not as you chooses. Now you see doing so can take your life. Will we ever learn. My condolences to the family and many friends.

  • nascarguy Jul 15, 2:51 p.m.

    Oops. "Authorities have said they don't suspect foul play in the deaths"

    Missed that. Still would like to know details of what happened though in this tragedy.

  • nascarguy Jul 15, 2:45 p.m.

    This article just strikes me as bizarre! We need more info! No word on what if any investigation is ongoing, if foul play is suspected. If an autopsy is being performed on him, I guess we can assume there's no gunshot...i guess?

    They both died within moments of eachother without the opportunity for one to call 911 for the other? He intentionally caused her overdose?

  • passport423 Jul 15, 2:44 p.m.

    "Sounds like she could have been overdosed because the husband couldn't stand to watch her in so much pain. Why would a woman this young have such problems??? Lots of things not answered here. Let's not jump to conclusion, let's hope the facts come out"

    Let's not jump to conclusions? I think you just did!

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