Man intentionally poisons, kills his mother with fentanyl

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According to police, a San Jose man has intentionally poisoned his mother with fentanyl and caused her death. 

Bradley Dexter, 40, was booked into a Santa Clara County jail this week on suspicion of homicide, poisoning, and elder abuse.

On June 6, Dexter’s mother was found dead inside a home on Utopia Place. Her death was later classified as homicide with the cause of death being “intentional fentanyl poisoning,” San Jose Police Department Officer Steve Aponte wrote.

“SJPD Homicide Detectives then began a comprehensive and thorough investigation into this incident and identified Bradley Dexter, a resident of San Jose and adult son of the victim, as the potential suspect,” Aponte wrote.

Earlier this month, police also discovered Dexter to be responsible for a violent attack against his father. The father suffered serious injuries. 

Dexter was arrested on September 25. 

The case is still under investigation. 

Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Barragan #4106 or Detective Van Brande #4542 of the SJPD’s Homicide Unit via email at 4106@sanjoseca.gov and 4542@sanjoseca.gov, or by calling 408-277-5283.


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