Grand jury indicts SLU student for murder in synthetic LSD overdose case

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Posted on November 20, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 20 at 7:40 PM

Ashley Rodrigue / Eyewitness News
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AMITE, La. - "There is a no-win situation here. Nothing brings Meghan back. And both of these children were young, and apparently curious and made a poor choice that day," said Dena Lopez. "However, everyone needs to be accountable for their role that day."

And a grand jury in Tangipahoa Parish agreed, indicting 22-year-old Cody Watts on a 2nd degree murder charge in the death of 21-year-old Meghan Lopez of Slidell.

Authorities say earlier this year, Watts and Lopez, both SLU students, took synthetic LSD provided by Watts.

But hours later, Lopez was declared brain-dead following seizures. Her parents made the difficult decision to take her off of life support.

Lopez's mother said her daughter shouldn't be the only one to pay the price.

“It's one thing to take the risk yourself, but if you are the person that brings the drug to the table, and consequently someone dies as a result of that drug, you can be held accountable," she said.

According to Louisiana state law, second-degree murder is committed when the offender unlawfully distributes or dispenses a controlled dangerous substance listed in schedules I or II of the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Law that is the direct cause of the death of the recipient who ingested or consumed the controlled dangerous substance.

The district attorney in Tangipahoa Parish says bringing a criminal case in this situation is unusual, and it will also be a challenge.

"It’s a very tragic situation,” said Scott Perrilloux, “The factual basis is there, maybe to support a violation of the law, so we're gonna move forward at this point and see where it goes."

At the least, Lopez's mother hopes the situation resonates with other young adults.

Watts posted a $150,000 bond the same day he was arrested. Eyewitness News could not locate an attorney on record for Watts to contact for comment.

No court dates have been set at this time.

 

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