Man Arrested for Murder After Fentanyl Death

Man Arrested for Murder After Fentanyl Death

April 02, 2024

Press Release - CopyA Belton Police Department investigation into a drug overdose death has resulted in the first-ever murder charge in Bell County under a new law that targets fentanyl dealers.  On April 1, 2024, around 5:05 p.m., US Marshals arrested Shane Antwan Dominick, 29, of Harker Heights on a murder warrant. He was found on Taft Street in Killeen and transported to the Bell County Jail.

The murder charge is related to the death of 20-year-old Richard Willess of Belton. On Oct. 20, 2023, Belton police responded to a CPR in progress call where they found Willess unconscious and not breathing at a home in the 200 block of W 14th Street. Officers engaged in life-saving efforts until the Belton Fire Department and EMS arrived, and transported Willess to Baylor Scott and White in Temple, where he later died. An autopsy performed at the Southwest Institute of Forensic Science later determined Willess died of a fentanyl overdose.

During the investigation, detectives identified Dominick as the dealer who sold the pills to Willess. On Nov. 17, 2023, Dominick was arrested by Belton and Harker Heights PD Joint SWAT team, with the help of the Bell County Organized Crime Unit. At the time of his arrest, Dominick was in possession of more than 50 grams of fentanyl. During a jail interview, Dominick admitted to selling pills containing fentanyl to Willess. 

On April 1, 2024, the Bell County District Attorney’s Office accepted a murder charge and an arrest warrant was issued for Dominick, who was out on bond for the previous charge of fentanyl sale and distribution. This is the first Bell County case following a new murder statute that went into effect in September regarding fentanyl deaths. The law allows murder charges against drug dealers who sell fentanyl to someone who later dies because of consumption.