Arrest made in Gaston County heroin overdose death

Austin Blake Sutton
Austin Blake Sutton Gaston County Police Department

Gaston County police have arrested a man in connection with a woman’s heroin overdose death.

Police charged Austin Blake Sutton, 22, with second-degree murder in the death of Tonya Smith Reese.

Police and paramedics found Reese unresponsive with a possible drug overdose at Sutton’s home in the 3500 block of Dallas-High Shoals Highway on March 11.

Reese was taken to Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, where she died March 20.

Police said Sutton cooperated with investigators. He was charged after police consulted with the Gaston County District Attorney’s Office.

Police have released no further details about the case.

Sutton was in the Gaston County Jail without bail Thursday.

Police said their investigation is continuing and that anyone with additional information is asked to call police Detective B.T. Dalton at 704-866-3320 or Crimestoppers 704-861-8000.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak