Willow Spring man arrested, charged with second-degree murder

Joshua Novak (Credit: Johnston County Sheriff's Office)

A Willow Spring man is behind bars after police said he's responsible for the death of an 18-year-old.

On Friday, deputies with the Johnston County Sheriff's Office arrested 24-year-old Joshua Novak and charged him with second-degree murder and distributing drugs.

His arrest came after an investigation into the death of 18-year-old Justin Bennett who died after ingesting heroin.

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Detectives said they believe the drugs were distributed by Novak.

The investigation is ongoing.

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