A person accused of providing heroin to a Benson teenager who overdosed and died from the illegal drug last month has now been charged with his murder.
Friday morning, the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office arrested 24 year-old Joshua John Novak of Beulah Melton Drive, Willow Spring for second degree murder in the August 10th death of 18 year-old Justin “Cole” Bennett of Saddle Ridge Drive.
Authorities said Bennett died as the result of ingesting heroin. Detectives allege the heroin from the fatal overdose was distributed by Novak.
Cole Bennett was a 2017 graduate of West Johnston High. He was also a member of Lighthouse Baptist Church of Benson.
Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Caldwell said no additional details about the incident would be released because of the ongoing investigation.
Novak was convicted in March 2017 for habitual breaking and entering and felony obtaining property by false pretenses stemming from a February 23rd break-in on Beulah Melton Drive where a small amount of property was taken. He was sentenced to 12 months probation according to the NC Department of Corrections website.