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Murder Charge Filed in Cary Overdose Death

Posted January 31, 2007 11:55 a.m. EST

— 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.