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*Woman charged with second-degree murder in two drug deaths

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com

WINCHESTER -- A Frederick County woman who has been charged with murder supplied lethal doses of drugs to her husband and another man in October, authorities say.

A grand jury on Thursday indicted Rebecca Mae Jolley, 45, of 1308 Baker Lane, Winchester, with two counts each of second-degree murder and distribution of fentanyl, according to Maj. Robert "Robbie" Eckman, of the Frederick County Sheriff's Office. Jolley remains held at the Northwester Regional Adult Detention Center.

George L. Jolley Jr. , 48, of the Baker Lane address, died Oct. 2, and Joseph W. Smith, 48, of 1272 Carpers Pike, Gore, died 10 days later, according to Eckman.

Toxicology reports performed by the Office of the State Medical Examiner determined both men died from the effects of lethal doses of fentanyl, a prescription drug used to treat pain, Eckman said Monday.

Authorities searched the Baker Lane residence on Oct. 12 and discovered several packets of fentanyl for which Rebecca Jolley did not have a prescription, according to Eckman. The suspect obtained the drugs from other family members, he said.

Investigators Nathan Spence and Les Taylor, with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office, conducted an investigation and the Commonwealth's Attorney sought indictments against the suspect, which the grand jury handed down Thursday. The court sealed the indictments pending her arrest. Authorities served the arrest warrants on Rebecca Jolley on Friday.

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