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Posted: March 31, 2010 12:01 a.m.

Phelps pleads not guilty in overdose death

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Jennifer Lynn Phelps

Jennifer Lynn Phelps pleaded not guilty in Newton County Superior Court Tuesday morning on charges that she supplied a friend with drugs that led to the woman’s death.

Phelps’ charges (felony murder and violation of Georgia controlled substances act) stem from a May 28 incident where she, her husband and the victim, 31-year-old Kristen Deanna Williams, allegedly went to a home to purchase drugs and then drove around. During their drive, Phelps reportedly gave Williams some of her own prescription drugs and then the trio headed to another home in Rockdale County with the goal of purchasing drugs. It was during that time when Phelps’ husband reportedly noticed that Williams — who was in the backseat of the vehicle — was unresponsive.

The couple attempted to revive Williams with CPR and when that failed, they called 911 for help. However, it was too late. Williams was pronounced dead, either at the scene or at Rockdale Medical Center where she was transported.

Phelps appeared with her attorney, Chief Public Defender Anthony Carter, before Newton County Superior Court Judge John M. Ott who signed a pre-trial order for her case. She is scheduled to appear in court next on June 8.

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