By Emily Wagster Pettus/The Associated Press
JACKSON — A Mississippi woman has been charged in a second case of causing a death by giving buttocks-enhancing silicone injections without being trained or licensed to do the procedure, authorities said Monday.
Tracey Lynn Garner, 53, of Jackson, formerly known as Morris Garner, was arrested Thursday and charged with one count of depraved heart murder, the state attorney general’s office said in a news release Monday.
The news release said Garner injected “a silicone substance” into Marilyn Hale, of Selma, Ala., on Jan. 13, 2010, to do a buttocks enhancement and Hale died.
The procedure was done at Garner’s home in Jackson, according to an indictment from a Hinds County grand jury. The indictment does not say whether Hale died the same day she received the injections.
“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 the statement.
Depraved heart murder is a legal term for action that demonstrates “callous disregard for human life” and results in death. Conviction is punishable by life in prison.
Records show Garner was in the Hinds County Detention Center on Monday. Her attorney, John Colette, was not immediately available.
Garner had been on house arrest awaiting trial in a similar case in the death of an Atlanta woman, Karima Gordon, 37. Authorities say Gordon died from blood clots in her lungs a few days after being injected with “a silicone substance” on March 16, 2012, at Garner’s home in Jackson.
Garner was arrested in September 2012 in Gordon’s death and charged with depraved heart murder. At the time, authorities identified the suspect as Morris Garner, a man. Colette has said Garner was born a man but has had procedures to become female. Hinds County jail records now list Garner as a woman.
Associated Press Writer Holbrook Mohr contributed to this report.