Leesburg Man Charged with Murder in JMU Overdose Case

A Leesburg man faces a second-degree murder charge in the 2016 death of a James Madison University student.

A Rockingham County grand jury handed up the indictment against Joseph Fondaco, 20, on Monday, almost 10 months after the death of freshman Hailey Moore.

In November, 18-year-old Moore, of Gretna, was found unresponsive in her apartment by her friends and taken to Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital Medical Center, where she died a short time later.

Few details have been publicly released by authorities, but family members and friends have stated that her death was the result of fatal drug overdose.

Fondaco has been identified as a former JMU student who had briefly dated Moore and was with her at the time of the overdose. Family members have said Moore had an opioid, marijuana, and Xanax in her system.

Fondaco was initially charged with felony possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and felony possession with the intent to distribute Xanax. Moore’s family and friends pressed prosecutors to pursue a murder charge—either through state or federal statutes—for his alleged involvement, including failing to seek medical treatment for her. The campaign included an online petition at change.org.

Fondaco is scheduled to appear Monday in Rockingham County Circuit Court for a bond hearing.

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