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Washington County Attorney Pete Orput (left) was joined by Woodbury Public Safety Director Lee Vague on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at a news conference in Stillwater, Minn., where prosecutors and law enforcement officials discussed details in the case of a drug-related death. WOODBURY BULLETIN/Mike Longaecker

Five teens charged with murder in girl’s overdose death

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STILLWATER, Minn. -- Washington County prosecutors said they took direct aim at the food chain of synthetic drug dealers when they filed murder charges Wednesday against five teenagers following a student’s overdose death in January.


The death of Woodbury High School student Tara Fitzgerald prompted charges against three of her classmates, along with two other teens in a case that prosecutors admitted was meant to send a message.

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Michael Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. His coverage includes local crime, legislative activity and prep sports. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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