Man faces murder charge after woman dies from drug overdose

Cody Watts (Source: Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office)
Cody Watts (Source: Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office)

HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) - A man indicted with second-degree murder last week was arrested for the crime Monday.

Cody Watts, 22, of Hammond, is charged in the death of Meghan Lopez, 21, of Slidell, in April. A Tangipahoa Parish grand jury indicted him Friday.

Court officials said Lopez died after ingesting a synthetic form of LSD she was allegedly given by Watts.

According to Louisiana law, a person can be charged with second-degree murder when they give or sell a Schedule I or Schedule II controlled dangerous substance which is the direct cause of death of the person who took the drugs.

If convicted of second-degree murder, Watts faces life in prison.

A trial date has not been set.

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