Natasha Stewart, 39, was wanted for questioning by the Hinds County Sheriff's Department for the death of a woman in Jackson, Mississippi who was injected with concrete in her buttocks. Stewart was arrested on Thursday, January 3, and charged with Fugitive from Justice Warrant for Homicide.
SCSO Fugitive Apprehension officers also arrested 21-year old Shannetria Newberry on Jan.3, Newberry, on the run since August 2012, was wanted for Aggravated Assault Failure to Appear on a Felony Case, Bodily Harm and Criminal Forfeiture.
Both Stewart and Newberry are being held at the Shelby County Jail.
Mother-of-two, who spent $15,000 on butt injections, lifts lid on the secret world of black market cosmetic procedures
|Natasha Stewart (Photo: Shelby Co. Sheriff's Fugitive Division)|
Still if you are dumb enough to let someone inject with a foreign body, you probably deserve the fight your body will have with it and the results from winning or losing. In this case it was death!
The very essence of instinct is that it's followed independently of reason.
JACKSON, Miss. — A second person faces a charge of murdering a Georgia woman who died from an illegal buttocks implant in Mississippi in March, authorities said Monday.
The Mississippi attorney general’s office said in a news release that 39-year-old Natasha Stewart of Memphis, Tenn., was arrested Jan. 3. The release said she waived extradition and will be returned to Mississippi.
Stewart, who also goes by the name Pebbelz, was indicted on charges of murder, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, authorities said.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether she had an attorney.
Morris Garner, who also goes by the name Tracey Lynn Garner, was previously charged with depraved-heart murder and is said to have performed the procedure at his house in Jackson, Miss., on 37-year-old Karima Gordon of Atlanta. Investigators have said the silicone-like substance that was injected into Gordon caused blood clots in her lungs and killed her.
Depraved-heart murder is a legal term for an action that demonstrates a “callous disregard for human life” and results in death. It carries a life sentence.
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has said Garner had no training or license to perform the implant procedure.
Hood had said earlier in the investigation that Gordon, who had served in the military and wanted to become a model, found Garner after meeting someone on the Internet known to authorities at that time only as “Pebbles.”
Gordon met the woman in person in New York City and paid her $200 for the referral to Garner, according to Hood.
Gordon drove to Mississippi with a friend to have the procedure but became ill a few hours later. Her friend called Garner and asked what to do, and he told them to buy some cough medicine, authorities say. Gordon died at a Georgia hospital a few days later.
Deaths from illegal cosmetic procedures have happened sporadically around the country as people seek cheaper alternatives to plastic surgeons. A New Jersey woman pleaded not guilty last year after authorities charged her with giving a man a fatal dose of silicone during a penile enhancement procedure. Prosecutors say the suspect in that case had no medical training.
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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
A Memphis adult entertainment star, charged in the depraved heart murder of an Atlanta woman, was in Hinds County court Wednesday.
Natasha Stewart, also known as Pebbelz Da Model, made her initial appearance in Jackson.
Stewart is charged as an accessory in the murder of Karima Gordon of Atlanta. Gordon died in a Jackson home last spring after being injected with a counterfeit silicone that was intended to enhance her buttocks.
Stewart pleaded not guilty. She is being charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
"We talked to her and interviewed her trying to find out what her participation, which we think is minimal, so that's what were going to basically prove is that she didn't have anything to do with it," said Stewart's attorney Kevin Camp.
Prosecutors say Tracey Lynn Garner, also known as Morris Garner, injected the victim with the silicone. She is also facing murder charges in the case. Investigators believe Stewart may have introduced the victim to her. They also say Gordon paid Garner $1,500 for the procedure.
"Mrs. Stewart is being charged as an accessory to murder and wire fraud, once the defense reads the discovery they will be fully informed of what the charges are," said Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith.
Garner's trial date has been set for April 8. Stewart's trial is set for July 22.