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Men Build Coffin from Ping Pong Table, Dump Body of Friend Overdosed on Meth in Creek

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St. Joseph Police Department
Police released this picture of the box asking for clues into Tangela Fisher's death.
A meth head and an illegal immigrant are on trial after a mother of three was found dead, overdosed on meth, in a homemade box in a dried creek bed on a Platte County road.

Martin Lee Williams, 51, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and abandonment of a corpse after he helped Tangela Fisher, 35, inject meth, watched her overdose, hid the body for days and then dumped it, according to the St. Joseph News-Press.

"We'd been doing a little bit of partying for about a week, and [Fisher] wanted to give herself an injection to feel good, I guess," Williams told the court, according to the News-Press.

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Tangela Fisher
Fisher usually chose to smoke -- not shoot -- her meth, Williams said, and after she injected herself, she became hot and shaky, according to the News-Press. Williams says he walked away for a few minutes, and when he came back, Fisher was dead.

After Williams pleaded guilty to the charges Monday, judge Patrick Robb asked if he knew he'd caused Fisher's death. "That's all I could think about," Williams told the court.

Fisher had three children between the ages of six and sixteen, according to the Huffington Post.

Williams recruited Juan Naranjo, 31, to help stash the body for two days so law enforcement wouldn't find it. Finally, the two men fashioned a crude coffin out of an old Ping-Pong table and scrap wood, according to the Huffington Post.

See also: Photos: Top Twelve Craziest Meth Busts In Missouri, The Meth Capital Of The U.S.

Williams and Naranjo stuffed Fisher's body and her possessions in the box, drove it to a rural road far outside Kansas City and left it in a dried creek for authorities to find days later.

Police arrested Naranjo while he was smoking meth a few weeks later and charged him with hindering prosecution of a felony. Naranjo is in the United States illegally and will likely be deported.

Williams, who will be sentenced in February, faces a maximum sentence of eleven years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine on both felonies.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

                   *** Just Legalize It !! ***



Emily Leah
Emily Leah

Going to just say this once - your paper is a JOKE. How dare you take names of a victim/witness in a sex crime case and then post their identity, which was to remain private by police, on your site along with the article. Forget the fact that the article wrote was 50% lies feed to your writer, but the fact you posted the victim's address in your rag that led to him being harassed for a week until he moved to another town is pure sicking to my stomach. How dare this paper allow such things to happen. Your paper should be sued for leaking private information, and putting witnesses and victims in danger!! It took him 4 calls to your building to even get someone to blur out his address on your write up and scans. What is media coming to these days!

Sean Bryant
Sean Bryant

Meth is probably an answer to many disturbing questions...

Joe Kinder
Joe Kinder

When is meth not the answer in MO?

Jason Goad
Jason Goad

That's the one positive about dying around a tweaker, they will figure out how to build you a coffin.

Steve Ashley
Steve Ashley

Lmao.......this was a good laugh!!!! Thanks river front times!!!!

David Morales
David Morales

Remove the psueds and they will just substitute another ingredient for it. I heard that Draino is a good substitute...

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Wouldn't it be nice if the government and Big Pharm went after psuedophadrine the same way they go after marijuana? For 200,00 years humans have lived with runny noses. If the conservatives kicked up half the ruckus over the necessary ingredient in meth as they did Phil Roberston's right to have a tv show on A&E we'd all have runny noses and there would be no more meth. Period.

Rhonda Whelan
Rhonda Whelan

How sad...another life wasted and taken by drugs. I feel for her children but I'm sure too that they will be better cared for in someone else's custody.

Chris P Rice
Chris P Rice

the only part that I'm shocked about is that they gave up the ping pong table. darts is too dangerous for meth heads.

Brandy Sunshine Whittington
Brandy Sunshine Whittington

instead of doing the right thing and calling the paramedics now they get a felony for abandoning a corpse...which is great actually. less junkies on the street the better.

Chris Ferguson
Chris Ferguson

When the law would charge whomever gave her the drugs with murder the incentive is to not seek help

Lauren Rinker
Lauren Rinker

Wow. I'm glad I don't have friends like this!

Tamia Banks
Tamia Banks

sad the way mind altering has become a big part of our society

Mark Wolff
Mark Wolff

If the illegal gets deported will he face charges in his own country? I am guessing he is from Mexico. Just wondering how that works.

Steve Dixon
Steve Dixon

I though Meth was never the answer...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

What difference does it make AFTER you're dead?


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