An Irvine woman is facing manslaughter charges after she allegedly sold drugs to a victim who overdosed.
Ladonna Riddell, 40, Irvine, was charged with second-degree manslaughter and trafficking in a controlled substance (carfentanil or fentanyl derivatives/first offense) after being arrested by Richmond police.
According to a citation, the victim of a drug overdose was found deceased inside his apartment on Oct. 25, 2020.
The victim's blood content had seven times the lethal dose of fentanyl, and was the sole contributing factor to his death, according to police documents.
When police searched the victim's phone they found a message correspondence between Riddell and the victim, in which they discussed the purchase of fentanyl, the price, and a meeting place.
Allegedly, surveillance at the exact location and time they discuss meeting shows the victim's vehicle and Riddell's vehicle meeting together. No other conversations about drugs were found on the victim's phone.
According to a citation, no one left or entered the victim's apartment once he arrived home from purchasing the drugs from Riddell.
The citation stated Riddell wantonly caused the death of the victim in a situation where his death resulted from the unlawful distribution for remuneration of a Schedule II controlled substance.
Riddell was arrested Nov. 13 and taken to the Madison County Detention Center.
Man charged with assault of a corrections employee
Wesley Redmon, 40, Richmond, has been charged with third-degree assault after assaulting a corrections employee at the Madison County Detention Center.
According to a citation, Redmon hit his own head against his cell door with great force to potentially harm himself.
Officers went to the cell to remove Redmon and prevent him from hurting himself.
When officers opened the cell door, Redmon charged out of the cell and struck the corrections employee in the left side of the face with an open hand while also dragging his nails down the officer's face; causing scratches and swelling.
When the employee took Redmon to the ground he again scratched the employee's face under his right eye, breaking the skin.
Redmon was put into handcuffs and kicked the lieutenant in the groin area, which caused him to fall to the ground. The lieutenant also received scratches from Redmon.
Other arrests include:
• Tonya Rigney, 42, Richmond, alcohol intoxication in a public place (first and second offense), first-degree disorderly conduct.
• Casey Hayes, 29, Richmond, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance (heroin/first offense), buying or possession of drug paraphernalia.
• Roy Rogers, 45, Pikeville, Ky, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified), failure to notify address change to department of transportation, prescription of a controlled substance not in proper container (first offense).
• Alan Stamper, 37, Richmond, public intoxication under a controlled substance (excludes alcohol), second-degree disorderly conduct, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine/first offense), possession of marijuana, buying or possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree promoting contraband, tampering with physical evidence.
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