Two charged in Grundy County with second-degree murder in separate 2021 drug-related deaths

Two men are charged with second-degree murder in Grundy County, Tennessee, stemming from drug-related deaths in two separate investigations conducted in 2021.

Travis Heath King, 43, and Bobby Jack Northcutt, 60, both of Tracy City, are charged separately in the two deaths, one death occurring in January 2021 and another in June 2021, Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum said in a press release issued Friday. Shrum said both men are believed to have provided the alleged victims drugs containing fentanyl.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation helped investigate the Jan. 12, 2021, death of Monteagle, Tennessee, resident William Henry Dove, 37, whose body was found in a Monteagle hotel room, according to agency spokesperson Susan Niland. Dove's cause of death was determined to be acute combined drug toxicity, Niland said in a statement on the charges filed against Northcutt, whom investigators identified as the person who provided the drugs to Dove.