Ashley Davis died of a drug overdose, and York Co. police have charged a man in her death

By | September 12, 2023

A Windsor Township man is charged in the death of Ashley Davis, who suffered cardiac arrest earlier this year after receiving drugs from him, police say.

Alexander Michael Alwine, 25, of the 700 block of Stonewood Road, was charged with drug delivery resulting in death; manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture and manslaughter.

He was confined in York County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bail, according to court records.

On Feb. 28, 2023, emergency responders rushed to a home in the 1900 block of Filbert Street in West Manchester for a woman in cardiac arrest. Crews performed life-saving measures on Davis for 40 minutes before she was pronounced deceased, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The homeowner told police Davis lived at the residence and found her unconscious in her bed shortly before calling 911. She was supposed to be at work that morning.

An obituary for Davis, 32, described her as having “a bright smile and contagious laugh that filled every room.”

“He had a pure heart and always helped others when he could,” she says. “She IS much loved and missed by many.”

The police find drugs in his bedroom

West Manchester Township police found clear capsules containing a white powdery substance, a rolled up dollar bill and a clear envelope in Davis’ room. A crime lab report showed that a capsule found on his dresser contained fentanyl and xylazine. “The other 6 capsules contained Fentanyl, 5 of which also contained Xylazine,” the affidavit reads.

According to the agency’s website, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has issued a public warning about “a sharp increase in trafficking of fentanyl mixed with xylazine.” Xylazine, also known as “Tranq”, is a sedative used by veterinarians. Mixing the two drugs puts users at greater risk of drug poisoning.

An autopsy showed Davis died of mixed drug toxicity, the affidavit states. The toxicology report listed methadone, THC, fentanyl, xylazine and various metabolites.

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Police discover messages between Davis and Alwine

Police searched Davis’ cell phone and found that he had been texting with Alwine. On February 12, 2023 he asked him if he sold anything other than marijuana. He gave her his address, directions to her house and instructions on where to park.

The messages indicated that she had entered the house. She thanked Alwine, who told her to stay safe, the affidavit states.

Later in the month, the two texted again when Davis asked to get more from him.

At one point, Alwine told Davis that “he’s fine now,” the affidavit states. She didn’t respond immediately and Alwine told her she could meet him at work the next day.

Davis later asked him to bring 10 of “theirs” and she would bring $100, the affidavit states.

On February 25, 2023, Alwine told Davis he was in a parking lot near two stores. She told him that she would be there in five minutes. There the conversation ended.

The police question Alwine

Police interviewed Alwine, who told authorities he had sold marijuana to Davis years ago, the affidavit states.

When police shared the text messages with him, Alwine said the two had been communicating and she had been at his house. She said Davis had purchased “weed” from him, the affidavit states.

When asked about the meeting in the parking lot, Alwine said Davis was going to pick him up and give him a ride home, the affidavit states.

When an investigator shared that she did not believe Alwine had sold her marijuana, “Alwine became visibly upset and began to cry at this point in the interview, but did not admit to selling Ashley anything other than ‘weed.’ ” the affidavit reads. States.

Police said they found no other messages on his phone related to drug purchases.

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This article originally appeared in the York Daily Record: Police charge Alexander Alwine with drug delivery resulting in death

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