Benton County inmate charged with overdose death of fellow inmate

CAMDEN, Tenn. — An inmate in Benton County has been charged with the overdose death of a fellow inmate earlier this year.

Jason Johnson / Courtesy: TBI

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, 47-year-old Jason Johnson, who was already serving time on unrelated charges, is now facing murder and contraband charges.

The TBI says on May 24, 2022, following the request of former 24th Judicial District Attorney Matt Stowe, agents began investigating the in-custody death of 44-year-old Christopher Ellis at the Benton County Jail.

A news release states an autopsy determined Ellis died due to a drug overdose.

During the investigation, the TBI says agents determined Johnson was the person responsible for supplying the drugs to Ellis.

Monday, agents presented the case to the Benton County Grand Jury in coordination with current 24th Judicial District Attorney Neil Thompson.

The grand jury returned indictments charging Johnson with second degree murder and introduction of contraband into a penal institution.

Johnson, who remains incarcerated in Benton County, was served arrest warrants on the indicted charges, with his bond for these counts set at $500,000.

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