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Murder Charge Filed in Cary Overdose Death

Posted January 31, 2007

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— Police on Wednesday charged a Cary man in connection with a drug overdose death of a man last fall.

Michael Anthony Grimaldi, 28, of 107 Spring Bud Drive, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of James Robert Booth, 49, of 1405 Old Apex Road in Cary. Booth's body was found by authorities at the Cary Efficiency Inn on Oct. 5.

Booth died of heroin, cocaine and ethanol toxicity, according to an autopsy. An investigation revealed that Grimaldi provided the lethal dose, police said.

Grimaldi was already in the Wake County Jail on unrelated charges. He is being held without bond for the murder charge, police said.

Booth’s death was the only murder in Cary in 2006, police said. The previous two murders occurred in October 2005.
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  • nursevb8 Jan 31, 2007

    He administered the lethal dose. And yes, bartenders have been sued for allowing an already drunk patron to continue to drink. Sorry a man had to die, but they are 2 less junkies off the streets.

  • Execution Style Jan 31, 2007

    even if he isn't charged with the murder he's still a drug dealer who deserves to be punished for breaking the law.

  • spiritwarriorwoman Jan 31, 2007

    Trafficing in illegal substances certainly does break a law, but I don't see why one is charged for murderer when the partaker does so willingly and then dies. Could the dealer have any control over how much the victim decided to take? Was he even there when it was taken? Confusing!
    Praying.
    God bless.
    Rev. RB

  • shoyaryt Jan 31, 2007

    I think if one would review their question... "why should the drug dealer be charged?", they would see it's really not that hard.

    A drug dealer SHOULD be charged one way or the other. If they can't catch the drug dealer in the act of actually selling drugs, then by all means they should be held accountable, charged, and jailed as a result of any ILLEGAL drug overdoses.

    If a bartender sold alcohol to an already drunk patron and the drunk caused an accident that resulted in death or died from alcohol poisoning... wouldn't the bartender be held responsible?

  • Warden Jan 31, 2007

    gearhead51, I was not aware of that fact. But I am truly glad to hear it. Thanks for passing it along!

  • neptunescourt Jan 31, 2007

    NC law states if you provide someone with an opium product(heroin) or cocaine and that person dies as a result of taking the drugs, then you are to be charged with second degree murder.

  • Warden Jan 31, 2007

    The older gentleman just paid the ultimate price for a bad, bad choice. He was not a minor, and that was the consequence of his action. While the dealer shouldn't be charged with murder if he wasn't actively trying to get his buyer killed via overdose, he should have the max penalties levelled at him for his dealing. But they have to rule out an intentional overdosing - a poison via the drugs.

    It happened to a distant family member of mine. It's a rare scenario, but dealers can indeed mislead their buyers into thinking they're dealing with a low-level substance, only to be intentionally issued a fatally high-level one.

    Drug dealing is a vile, truly evil activity in our country. It disgusts me beyond explanation.

  • Browneyez_25_80 Jan 31, 2007

    Because this is a way to let drug dealers know what "could" happen. Drugs are everywhere and drug dealers are everywhere. You can't catch them all or blame them for someone who decides to shoot up and od. It was an adult decision made by an adult.

  • kaecee Jan 31, 2007

    I agree, Vickiej40. He is old enough to know better and who do you blame for his actions? Everyone involved were adults so why should he be held accountable for actions of someone who is not a minor.

  • Browneyez_25_80 Jan 31, 2007

    kelvin, I agree with you. That's like saying if you have a party and someone has too much to drink and they kill someone; the person who had the party should be charged also. That doesn't happen unless it involves a minor. You can't make a decision for an adult. You are old enough to make your own decisions. This is still a sad story but I don't think he should be charged if he didn't physically inject.

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