Crestview Fentanyl Overdose Leads to Homicide Charge

Tuesday, May 03, 2022

Crestview, FL — A Crestview area resident who sold fentanyl to a man who later died from an overdose is now charged with homicide resulting from the unlawful distribution of fentanyl.

William Dean Lively

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrested 58-year old William “Dean” Lively of Cavalier Drive today, Tuesday May 5, 2022, on an active warrant stemming from the victim’s death November 17th of last year.

Investigators say the victim purchased what he thought was heroin for $20.00 from Lively and later injected it while at his home. The man’s wife, who had driven him to Lively’s address to purchase the heroin, left to go to a convenience store and returned to find her husband blue and unresponsive. Text messages show she then contacted Lively, requesting Narcan and help. Lively asked “Is he alright?”. A short time later she told Lively her husband had died.

On December 3, 2021, the Okaloosa County Multi-Agency Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at Lively’s residence on Cavalier Drive.  As a result, several arrests were made to include Lively. During a post Miranda interview, Lively stated the victim did come to his house looking to purchase Heroin, but he was out and the victim did not have any money. When asked, Lively denied selling or giving the victim anything.

An autopsy determined the victim’s death was from accidental acute drug toxicity (fentanyl and alprazolam).

William Dean Lively was booked into the Okaloosa County Jail where he remains with no bond.

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