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Defendant in fentanyl murder case re-indicted

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — A man who was charged in Wichita County months before a new state fentanyl-specific murder law went into effect has been re-indicted on his murder and drug dealing charges.

Brandon Curry was arrested for manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance in January 2023, and the murder charge was filed while he was in jail. He was first indicted in April 2023.

The law allowing murder charges for dealers who provide fentanyl to someone who dies from the drug did not go into effect until September 1, 2023.

District Attorney John Gillespie began filing cases of felony murder on accused dealers in Wichita County after that. The new indictments do not appear to have different wording from the original indictments, so at this time, it is not clear why new indictments were filed.

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The state filed notice on Monday, May 6, that it is ready to go to trial in the Curry cases.

On September 18, 2022, police responded to Mustang Village apartments after Midwestern State University student Adam Sattler was found unresponsive and face-down on a pillow. An autopsy showed Sattler had fentanyl in his system when he died.

A witness said he and Sattler went to an apartment on Kemp to get Percocet from Curry after a football game. When police searched Sattler’s room, they located drug paraphernalia — including two cut straws.

A search of a phone revealed Sattler and Curry arranged a meeting on September 17, 2022.

Police also found several months’ worth of other messages before and after September 18, where Curry discusses selling Percocet with potential buyers.

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Curry was under investigation by the WFPD Organized Crime Unit when he was arrested in a January 2023 traffic stop, and police said he attempted to discard a plastic bag that contained 37 fentanyl pills.

On May 2, 2024, 78th District Judge Meredith Kennedy approved a motion to appoint Travis Yandell as a co-counsel to the other court-appointed attorney, Michael Valverde.

When Curry was granted indigent status, his first appointed attorney was removed from the case because it was learned he was not approved for felony cases.

Rick Mahler was then appointed in his place, but Curry wrote a letter to the judge from jail complaining that Mahler wasn’t helping him draft an affirmative defense or plan a defensive strategy and that there had been no communication between them on his case.

Mahler was granted a request to withdraw as Curry’s attorney.

In March 2024, the judge also granted a defense motion to appoint an investigator to help in preparing a defense at a cost not to exceed $3,000.

This is a developing story. Stick with Texoma’s Homepage for updates as more information becomes available. All individuals charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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