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Man charged with murder, accused of giving prescription narcotics to woman

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Timothy Boyd Gibson (Gaston County Jail) Timothy Boyd Gibson (Gaston County Jail)
GASTONIA, NC (WBTV) -

Police in Gaston County have charged a man with murder after they say he gave a woman a prescription narcotic.

Timothy Boyd Gibson, 23, is charged with second degree murder, according to a news release from Gaston County Police.

Police say Emily Lauren Upton was found dead in a home on Outback Lane on June 1st. Upton was a nursing student at UNCC, set to graduate this spring.

The Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner's Office was brought in to help determine the cause of death.

Pathologists determined that Upton died from a prescription narcotic, Opana (Oxymorphone), that was given to her by Gibson, according to the release.

Gibson was charged on Thursday and placed in the Gaston County Jail with no bond.

"I miss her everyday of my life and my family has changed forever," said Emily's mother, Samantha Shaver.

Police say there is no evidence that Gibson forced Upton to take the drug, but Shaver insists there is more to the story.

"She was a nursing student and I do not believe she took that willingly and I will never believe she took that willingly," she said.

The investigation is ongoing.

"I just want some justice for her and I want to clear her name and her reputation because her reputation was so important to her, and she would be devastated to know that this happened to her," Shaver said.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Gaston County Police Department at (704) 866-3320.

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