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Minnesota man charged with murder in 2021 overdose death

A man previously convicted of selling narcotics is facing murder charges related to the overdose death of an Olmsted County woman in 2021. The woman was allegedly trying to buy heroin but an autopsy revealed she died as a result of the toxic effects of methamphetamine and fentanyl.

Sean Alexander
Sean Alexander.
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ROCHESTER — A Maplewood, Minnesota, man serving a five-year sentence for selling narcotics has been charged with selling an Olmsted County woman the drugs that killed her.

Sean Alexander, 44, is facing a third-degree murder charge, according to new charges filed in Olmsted County District Court. He is also charged in Olmsted County with second- and third-degree felonies for allegedly selling suspected heroin and fentanyl to a confidential informant.

Alexander is incarcerated at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Faribault following several convictions in Olmsted County related to the sale of narcotics. His anticipated release date for those convictions is Oct. 25, 2025.

According to the criminal complaint for Alexander's murder charge:

He allegedly sold an adult woman substances which she later overdosed and died from in June 2021.

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An autopsy report concluded that the woman died as a result of the toxic effects of methamphetamine and fentanyl.

The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office began the initial investigation into the woman's death after receiving a tip from a confidential informant regarding the circumstances of her death.

Multiple witnesses told an investigator with the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office that the woman was in contact with Alexander prior to her overdose in order to buy heroin. One witness saw the woman sniff a line of suspected heroin while on a video chat with her. Alexander, who was present, told the witness he would be bringing the woman home in 15 or 20 minutes. During this call, the woman was nodding in and out of consciousness.

Phone records show the woman contacted multiple people to buy heroin before Alexander agree to meet her for a buy.

She was allegedly dropped off by Alexander at Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Marys on June 6, 2021, following her overdose, according to hospital surveillance video and witness statements. She was pronounced deceased in the early morning hours of June 7, 2021.

A confidential informant told investigators that Alexander admitted to them that he believed he sold the drugs that killed the woman and that she was acting funny, and had clammy pale skin. Alexander allegedly told the informant that he didn't have any Narcan so he left her alone. The informant told law enforcement that Alexander believed she was dead when he dropped her off at the hospital.

The informant told investigators that they received a text message from Alexander that read, "I'm not taking this b---- in, she can die, I'm not going to prison because she was stupid."

Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at mwasson@postbulletin.com.
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