Woman charged with Murder, Manslaughter in Heroin Overdose case
This is the second overdose death the accused was involved with in 3 month timeframe
Lena Michelle King has been charged with Murder-2nd Degree, Involuntary Manslaughter, Reckless Endangerment, Administering Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS), Distribution of CDS and Possession of CDS. (Arrest photo)
On January 7, Lena Michelle King drove John Cleveland to Medstar St. Mary's Hospital and reported she discovered him at the Leonardtown Wharf suffering from an apparent overdose. Detectives from the Vice/Narcotics Division assumed the investigation and determined that on January 6, King and Cleveland had obtained a quantity of prescription medication from an individual who resides in Leonardtown. After receiving the prescription medication, King prepared morphine tablets for injection and administered a quantity of the drug to Cleveland by injecting it into his body.
Several hours later, King, Cleveland, and another person drove to Annapolis to purchase heroin. After making the purchasing, the group returned to a residence in Leonardtown, at which time King prepared and administered the heroin to Cleveland by injecting the drug into his body. Shortly after injecting the heroin, it became apparent that Cleveland was suffering from an overdose. King fell asleep as a result of ingesting heroin and upon waking up she discovered that Cleveland was no longer breathing and attempted to perform CPR on him. After failing to revive Cleveland, King, with assistance from others inside the residence, placed Cleveland in his vehicle so King could drive him to the hospital.
Upon arrival at the hospital, medical personnel assessed Cleveland's condition and determined he was deceased. Cleveland's body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, at which time an autopsy was performed. As the result of the autopsy, a determination was made that Mr. Cleveland died as a result of a heroin overdose which was administered to him by another person.
Detectives conferred with the State's Attorney for St. Mary's County and presented the facts of the investigation to the Grand Jury for St. Mary's County and obtained an indictment for King, subsequently charging her with Murder-2nd Degree, Involuntary Manslaughter, Reckless Endangerment, Administering Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS), Distribution of CDS and Possession of CDS.
As a result of this investigation, it was discovered that on October 5, 2013, deputies from the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office responded to a parking lot in the Charlotte Hall area for a report of an unconscious person. When deputies arrived they located a male victim deceased in the back seat of his vehicle. Further investigation revealed the male victim and Lena Michelle King drove to a location in Prince George's County to purchase heroin. After purchasing heroin, the male subject and King injected a portion of the heroin prior to returning to St. Mary's County. While en route to St. Mary's County, the male victim suffered a medical emergency and ultimately died as a result of a fatal overdose. When Lena King realized the male victim had died, she left him in his vehicle in the parking lot and called 911. Further investigation revealed that prior to King leaving the male victim, she removed various items of evidence from the vehicle which included drug paraphernalia and heroin. Detectives continue to work this additional investigation, as well as the original case, in conjunction with the State's Attorney and additional charges are anticipated.
PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION DISTRIBUTION: Numerous complaints have been received related to the distribution of prescription medication by a suspect identified as Tony Raymond Bean, age 35, of California, pictured above. After several months of investigation detectives made sufficient progress during the investigation and a search and seizure warrant was obtained. The warrant was executed with the assistance of the Emergency Services Team, K-9 deputies and Support Team Members. Once inside, detectives recovered 218 oxycodone tablets, 19 suboxone strips, 8 firearms and more than $9,900 in cash. Multiple additional felony drug charges are pending a review with the State's Attorney.
COCAINE DISTRIBUTION: David Ignatius Butler, age 41, of Mechanicsville, pictured above, was identified as a distributor of cocaine from Mechanicsville residence. A search warrant was obtained and cocaine and related paraphernalia was recovered. Suspect Butler was arrested and charged. Additional charges are pending.
COCAINE DISTRIBUTION: Detectives identified Michael DeAngelo Davis, age 29, of Lexington Park, pictured above, as a distributor of cocaine. Several undercover purchases of crack cocaine were made which led to the subsequent indictment and arrest. Suspect Davis was originally held without bond.
COCAINE DISTRIBUTION: Roderick Emil Bray, age 23, of Lexington Park, pictured above, was identified by detectives as a distributor of cocaine. After several undercover purchases of cocaine were made, he was indicted and subsequently arrested for Distribution of Cocaine.
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