January 15, 2014

Platte County teen faces manslaughter charge in death from fake LSD

Krista E. Meeks, 17, of Riverside is charged in the death of Ethan Rickman, who was a 14-year-old freshman at Park Hill High School.

A Platte County teen previously accused of selling an imitation illegal drug to a high school student is now charged with the boy’s death.

Krista E. Meeks, 17, of Riverside faces an involuntary manslaughter charge in the death of Ethan Rickman, who was a 14-year-old freshman at Park Hill High School, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

She allegedly sold him a fake form of LSD even though she refused to take the drug because its effects were so harsh and violent, and even though she knew others had died from taking it, Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said.

According to court records, Meeks felt she had no obligation to warn Ethan and another young buyer about the drug’s dangers because, as she told investigators, “If they are going to buy it, they should know what they are taking.”

Ethan and a second 14-year-old boy purchased the drug from Meeks on Oct. 3 in Riverside, according to court records.

On Oct. 4, emergency responders found Ethan unconscious in a residence in the 4900 block of Northwest Fisk Avenue in Parkville. He was rushed to Children’s Mercy Hospital, where he later was pronounced dead.

The fake LSD had been manufactured at a home in Kansas City, Kan., Zahnd said. Police later seized more than 1,800 units of it. Tests on samples show it was the same chemical compound that killed Ethan, court records said.

Meeks was being held Wednesday with bond set at $25,000, Zahnd said.

“As a society, we have to refuse to accept the notion that it is some sort of rite of passage for teenagers to sell illegal drugs to other teens,” he said. “This case sadly demonstrates the awful outcomes from that.”

Meeks and another teen, Jamell D. Montgomery, 18, previously were charged with delivery of an imitation controlled substance. Meeks also was charged with possession of marijuana and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

The boys initially had contacted Montgomery about buying drugs, and he put them in contact with

Meeks, according to allegations outlined in court documents.

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