Morris Garner, now known as Tracey Lynn Garner, 53, was arrested in Jackson, Mississippi last Thursday. The man has been charged in a second death related to giving buttocks-enhancing silicone injections without being trained or licensed.
He is being charged with one count of depraved heart murder. Conviction carries a potential life sentence. The state attorney general’s office released a statement saying Garner injected “a silicone substance” into Marilyn Hale of Selma, Alabama, on Jan. 13, 2010, and Hale later died. Garner had been on house arrest awaiting trial in a similar case in the 2012 death of an Atlanta woman.
The previous death was an Atlanta resident Karima Gordon, who also allegedly received injections of a foreign and possible counterfeit substance in March 2012 at Garner’s Jackson home. Authorities say Gordon died in an Atlanta hospital of a blood clot in her lung a few days after the procedure.
A Hinds County grand jury indicted Garner, as a man who dresses as a woman, for the death of Gordon. The trial date has been postponed several times.
“Our intellectual property task force is involved in these cases to investigate the possibility that the substances injected into the victims were a counterfeit version of silicone,” Attorney General Jim Hood said in a news release Monday.
Hood told reporters that Gordon had been in military service, and wanted to become a model. Through the internet, she met someone known as “Pebbles,” in New York City, and paid her $200 for the referral to Garner.
Since then, authorities also charged Natasha Stewart, an adult entertainer who goes by the name Pebbelz Da Model.
Garner faces life imprisonment if convicted, and authorities have advised anyone who may have received injections from Garner to contact the police and medical authorities.
The fear remains that Garner may have injected more women with silicone, and the death rate will be more than the two he is accused of at present.
The Guardian Express