Bemidji man appears in court today on third-degree murder charge

A Bemidji man is facing third-degree murder charges for his accused role in a fentanyl overdose.

According to the criminal complaint filed today, 22-year-old Cameron Luadtke is accused of selling a lethal dose of fentanyl to a victim identified as “D.S.”

The 30-year-old male victim was found in the late afternoon hours of May 18, with first responders finding him cold to the touch and pronouncing him deceased.

The man lived with his aunt, who told investigators that he used Facebook Messenger through his PlayStation to communicate with others and that he had used oxycontin and heroin for years.

Investigators interviewed coworkers and family members and pinpointed Luadtke as the alleged source of the lethal fentanyl found in the victim’s toxicology report.

Cameron Luadtke, 22, Bemidji. Photo from Beltrami County Inmate Roster.

Facebook/Meta provided the conversation transcript between the victim and Luadtke.

Luadtke made his first appearance in court this morning.

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