Chelsie Berry, 24 and Jared Prier, 26, two southwest Missouri residents have been charged with voluntary manslaughter and abandonment of a corpse after a picture of them posing with the corpse of their friend, Dennis Meyer, 30 was posted on Facebook. At the time the pair would tell that they were high on meth.
Things came to a head when Chelsie Berry and Meyer (the deceased) were sitting in a McDonald‘s parking lot when Meyer injected himself with the painkiller dilaudid. Prior to injecting himself the pair had been smoking meth.
After having injected himself, Berry noticed Meyer going off on tangents, telling he ‘began acting crazy, taking his penis out of his pants and saying strange things.’
Concerned, Berry then called Meyer’s friend, Jared Prier whom she had met through Meyer.
Both Prier and Meyer are reported to have been associated with the Joplin Honkies street gang.
Nevertheless before Prier could arrive, Meyer passed out which then led to Prier taking over driving duties and driving to a
local hospital gas station to buy alcohol to drink.
Upon returning from the gas station with liquor, Prier informed Berry, that he believed Meyer had ‘quit breathing.’
After checking Meyer’s pulse, Berry also came to the same conclusion.
Rather than going to cops, the pair worried that they might get in trouble cause they were on the good shit, instead dragging Meyer’s body to the backseat because they no longer wanted to look at him along with the awkward fact he had begun to smell – but not before posing for the selfie with their dead friend.
From there the pair drove around back roads looking for somewhere to dump their friend’s body, eventually driving down a long driveway in the early hours of the morning and pushing his body to the ground.
Since the pair’s arrest, Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland has said Meyer possibly died of a drug overdose. An autopsy has been performed, but authorities are waiting for a toxicology report.
The autopsy concluded that Meyer would have died slowly and his breathing would have been very shallow – meaning if the pair had gotten him medical attention he might have survived.
Chelsie Berry and Jared Prier have since been charged with voluntary manslaughter and abandonment of a corpse and remain in jail in lieu of $50K each bond.
via The Smoking Gun