Murder charge filed in fentanyl overdose

Canadian County man accused of causing daughter’s death


By Conrad Dudderar
Associate Editor

EL RENO – A Canadian County man faces a felony murder charge for allegedly causing his daughter’s fentanyl-related death.

George Harold Graves, 54, was formally charged Nov. 13 in Canadian County District Court with first-degree murder stemming from a Feb. 11th drug overdose at a Calumet home.

Assistant District Attorney Austin T. Murrey alleges Graves “regardless of malice … took the life” of Stormie Jasmine Graves, “whose death resulted from George Graves’ commission of the felony offense of distribution of fentanyl.”

Canadian County District Judge Paul Hesse issued a no-bond warrant for George Graves’ arrest.

Canadian County sheriff’s deputies and Calumet Police Chief Robert Baysinger responded to the fatal drug overdose at a home in the 100 block of S Walls, according to a probable cause affidavit approved by Judge Hesse.

Stormie Jasmine Graves, 31, was found about 6 p.m. Feb. 11 unresponsive, cold to the touch and rigid while lying face down on a mattress in the living room floor of her Calumet residence.

In an interview with investigators, George Graves allegedly disclosed he had smoked fentanyl with Stormie at the house earlier that day.

The previous night, he allegedly purchased powder-form fentanyl for $60 from a Bethany woman at an Oklahoma City motel.

“George returned to his daughter’s residence after this transaction,” according to the probable cause affidavit signed by sheriff’s deputy Jeffrey Bouillon. “George then mixed the fentanyl with water before providing the ‘rinse’ mixture to Stormie Graves as the two of them smoked it from a strip of aluminum foil with a Bic ink pen barrel.”

The effects of this illicit drug allegedly contributed to Stormie Graves’ death.

An Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s report finalized on July 18 listed the cause of death as “acute fentanyl toxicity.”

On Aug. 21, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation reported the pen barrel with residue had tested positive for fentanyl.

First-degree murder is punishable by death, life in prison or life in prison without parole.