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Man indicted in connection with Columbia teen’s death

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 | 5:42 p.m. CDT; updated 12:49 a.m. CDT, Thursday, May 22, 2014

COLUMBIA — A 27-year-old Columbia man was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday on suspicion of distributing a fatal dose of heroin to a teenager at a motel in April.

Jon Patrick “Doom” Washington, 27, faces a single-charge indictment of distributing heroin to a minor, said Tammy Dickinson, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri, in a news release. The charge replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Washington on May 7. 

The indictment alleges that Washington distributed heroin to a minor on April 2.

Columbia police found the minor, Morgan Myers, 16, dead of a suspected heroin overdose in a room at the Providence Suites motel in the early hours of April 3. Police were alerted to the incident after a man called 911 and reported finding Myers unconscious in his room at the motel. The man was later identified as Washington in an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint.

Washington told Columbia police that he injected Myers with heroin twice about 8:30 p.m. April 2, according to the affidavit. Washington left the motel room but returned around 10 p.m. after receiving a text from a friend stating that Myers was not doing well, he told police. Washington said he attempted CPR and rescue breathing on Myers because she was struggling to breathe.

Columbia police were investigating the case as a homicide before turning it over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The reason for the transfer was not made public.

An autopsy on the girl has been completed, but the Boone County Medical Examiner has not released an official cause of death, according to previous Missourian reporting.

Supervising editor is Mary Ryan.


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