Woodbury teen Tara Fitzgerald's overdose death leads to five murder charges
|Cole Matenaer (right) is one of five teens facing a murder charge in connection with the death of Fitzgerald (left).|
All five were allegedly involved in the drug dealing chain that resulted in Fitzgerald and a friend of hers ingesting a substance they believed to be LSD while they were hanging out at Fitzgerald's house around midnight on January 11.
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After swallowing two small square pieces of pink paper, the two girls took photos and videos of themselves under the influence, according to the criminal complaint. But their trip took a turn for the worse a couple hours later when Fitzgerald started moaning and apparently having muscle spasms.
Around 9 a.m., Fitzgerald's mother was summoned to the scene. She called 911, and Fitzgerald was transported to Regions Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Fitzgerald's friend told police she obtained the LSD-like drug, later determined to be a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance called 25i-NBOMe, from a 17-year-old classmate named Brian Norlander. Norlander, in turn, told police he got the strips from Alistair Berg, also 17. Berg said he got the drugs from 17-year-old Sydney Johnson. Johnson told police she sold the drugs to Berg for $30, which is the same price Norlander said he paid for them.
Johnson told police she bought three doses of the drug from 19-year-old Cole Matenaer back in October. On January 13, Matenaer was arrested while driving a black Audi. Thirty-four doses of a substance similar to the one Fitzgerald ingested were found in his vehicle.
Matenaer said he sold the doses for $10 each, and admitted to selling "a lot" of them in Woodbury, including some to Johnson. The criminal complaint details calls Matenaer allegedly made from jail that were recorded by officers.
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