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July 6, 2012

Weddle enters plea; avoids trial

Ada —  

A man accused of distributing a synthetic drug that led to the deaths of two people entered a plea in Pontotoc County District Court Friday.

Cody Weddle, 22, entered a blind plea of no contest on two counts of second-degree murder, conspiracy to distribute a synthetic drug and distribution of a synthetic drug, leaving his fate in the hands of District Judge Tom Landrith. He will be sentenced Aug. 7 at 9 a.m.

Authorities allege Weddle ordered the drug BromoDragonfly over the Internet and supplied it to people at a party where a mass overdose occurred. Anastasia Jewell, 22, Ada, and 22-year-old Andrew Akerman of Konawa, died after ingesting the hallucinogenic drug at a party near Konawa May 7, 2011. 

According to a court affidavit, Weddle said he diluted the synthetic drug with Jewell and Akerman, who were to take it to the party and sell. Six other people were hospitalized after ingesting the drug.

Weddle could face anything from probation to life in prison.

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