The man, Tracey Lynn Garner, will go to trial on June 10 in Hinds County Circuit Court. Garner is one of two people who have been charged in connection with the death of an Atlanta woman, Karima Gordon. The other person who will be charged, Natasha Stewart, was arrested in Memphis back in January. Stewart is an adult entertainer and also goes by the name Pebbelz Da Model. Prosecutors have announced that the two defendants will be tried for depraved-heart murder.
Police and prosecutors have announced that Gordon died after developing blood clots that traveled to her lungs only a few days after being injected with a low quality silicone substance at a residential home in Jackson, Mississippi. Rather than using medical grade silicone, prosecutors believe that Garner purchased a counterfeit substance and was using it to perform illegal breast and buttock augmentations. In fact, authorities say they are investigating claims that Garner injected counterfeit substances into a Mississippi man’s face last year.
The victim, Gordon, was an adult entertainer and aspiring model in Atlanta and had undergone several other cosmetic procedures, though it remains unclear whether Garner performed the other operations. Gordon is believed to have driven to Mississippi with a friend to have the buttock injections, but became sick only a few hours later. Her friend called Garner to ask for advice on what to do, and all that Garner suggested was that they go buy some cough medicine. Unsurprisingly, the cough medicine did not fix the larger problem and Gordon died a few days later.
Mississippi Code Section 97-3-19 defines depraved heart murder as the killing of a human being without the authority of law, but “without any premeditated design to effect the death of any particular individual.” The penalty for such a charge is incredibly severe; according to Mississippi law the only possible punishment for a depraved heart murder conviction is life in prison.
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Source: “Trial date reset in fatal buttocks injection case in Mississippi,” by The Associated Press, published at GulfLive.com.