VINE. TexasA new law that allows police to charge drug dealers with murder if a user dies of an overdose is being applied to a woman accused of buying drugs from a dealer.

Grapevine police arrested and charged Kami Ludwig this week following her boyfriend’s overdose in November at a Grapevine home. Police say she purchased pills laced with fentanyl, Xanax, cocaine and more from dealers in Fort Worth and Louisiana.

North Texas attorney and former Tarrant County Judge William Shane Nolen died of a fentanyl overdose in November.

Nolen’s girlfriend at the time, Kami Ludwig, 35, now faces a murder charge nearly three months after his death.

A new state law went into effect in September making it the crime of murder for manufacturing or supplying fentanyl resulting in death.

“They found evidence that she reached for the pills,” said Amanda McNew of the Grapevine Police Department. “She bought them and took them to the victim. He took them and died.”

On November 20, 2023, Grapevine Police responded to a death investigation at a home near Hall-Johnson Road and Pool Road just before 5 a.m.

Police say Ludwig called 911 and claimed he woke up with Nolen unconscious next to him and ran to a neighbor’s house.

Nolen’s 9-year-old son was also home at the time. When officers entered, they found the 47-year-old man dead in his bedroom from a drug overdose.



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According to an arrest warrant affidavit, the Tarrant County medical examiner later confirmed that “fentanyl and trazodone,” an antidepressant, were both in Nolen’s system.

Detectives located 40 blue fentanyl-laced pills marked M-30 along with cocaine, oxycodone and Xanax in Ludwig’s purse.

Detectives also found pills on the floor next to the bed where Nolen was found and a cut straw on the dresser, suggesting the pills were being crushed and inhaled.

Ludwig was initially arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance in November.

A search of Ludwig’s phone revealed that his sources of the fentanyl pills were identified by the names “Blue” and “T,” who live in a home in Fort Worth.

Phone records also showed that Ludwig traveled to the Fort Worth address the night before Nolen’s death.

Police later found a package at Nolen’s home in Grapevine. It was from Louisiana and was addressed to Ludwig. Inside was an iPhone box with dozens of Xanax pills.

“So that’s just more evidence that she was the one who brought in the drugs,” McNew said.

“I think it’s going to be a difficult case for the state to prove,” said criminal defense attorney Zachary Ferguson, who is not affiliated with the case.

The law allowing Ludwig to be charged with murder is still new and, until now, has been used primarily against drug dealers and suppliers.

It will be up to a grand jury to decide whether Ludwig’s alleged purchase of the drugs that caused Nolen’s overdose constitutes a murder charge.

“As I understand the facts of this case, I don’t believe that was the intent of the bill,” Ferguson said. “When the bill was passed, I don’t think it was intended to go after people who use drugs.”

Ludwig’s attorney told FOX 4 in a statement: “Murder with fentanyl is a serious allegation and the trial should be withheld until all of the facts and circumstances are known. We proudly defend Kami as she also struggles with the loss of a Dear friend”.

Ludwig has since bonded out of jail.

Grapevine police say they are still working to locate the drug dealers.

More arrests could follow.

By Sam