Apex man charged with murder following drug overdose

Police have charged a man with first-degree murder following a suspected drug overdose.

Police arrested William Tyler Mayhew of Purple Glory Drive in Apex on Wednesday and charged him with murder.

Police say Mayhew, 23, is responsible for the death of Eric William Darden of Ashley Downs Drive in Apex. They say Darden, 23, died of a suspected drug overdose on Monday but did not provide details.

Mayhew had only recently been released from prison, according to state Department of Public Safety records.

In late 2013, he was charged with several crimes after police say he crashed a Ford F-350 pickup truck into two houses on White Dogwood Road. He was convicted in April of DWI and misdemeanor hit and run and spent most of December in prison.

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