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A South Carolina drug dealer is accused of deliberately killing a sorority girl after he supplied her with Oxycodone.
Anthony ‘AJ’ Hunt, 22, was arraigned on Monday on federal charges in connection to the 2016 homicide of 19-year-old Rachel Bandman.
Bandman allegedly overdosed at her apartment near the University of South Carolina in Columbia, The State reported.
Hunt was charged with unlawful distribution of oxycodone, alprazolam (Xanax), and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
‘Mr Hunt had every reason to believe that death would occur when he distributed the drug,’ Assistant US Attorney Ben Garner said at the hearing.
Oxycodone is a powerful narcotic prescription drug often used illegally to produce a ‘high.’ It is one of the most popular illegally used drugs in the country and is responsible for hundreds of deaths a year.
Prosecutors claimed that Hunt intentionally killed the 19-year-old student – but authorities haven’t indicated what led them to determine the case was a homicide.
Bandman, from Virginia, was found unresponsive in January 2016 by her roommate at their apartment about five blocks from campus, police said.
Officials initially ruled the Chi Omega sorority sister’s death was ‘suspicious but accidental,’ according to The State, meaning that circumstances indicated she accidentally had overdosed.
Hunt, who was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, had been free on $10,000 bond since last March.
He was arrested Friday on the federal charges and is being held until a bond hearing is set.
If convicted, Hunt faces a federal prison sentence of 20 years to life.