KONAWA — Authorities released a 911 recording Wednesday of a man desperately seeking help while people coughed and screamed at a party where they were sickened by a hallucinogenic designer drug.
One woman died, and seven others were hospitalized after taking the drug 2C-E, also called phenethylamine.
Ricky Prindle, one of the partygoers who did not ingest the drug, which was purchased on the Internet, called emergency services early Saturday after Anastasia “Stacy” Jewell, 22, of Ada, started having seizures.
Prindle told the dispatcher she was spitting up blood. He can be heard trying to revive Jewell by calling her name several times. He told the
The dispatcher asked whether they had been drinking, and Prindle said his friends had taken “some sort of hallucinogen” but he said he wasn't sure exactly what they'd ingested.
Prindle's phone calls to emergency services start out frantically as he attempts to explain the location of the party on State Highway 9A in a rural area between Konawa and Maud in Seminole County.
A man's screams are heard in the background throughout the two phone calls made to emergency services. Prindle told the dispatcher Jewell and the man heard shouting were coughing up small amounts of blood.
Prindle said one man was shouting and rolling on the floor. He called dispatch a second time to report Jewell was having another seizure.
Prindle told the dispatcher Jewell was still coughing up blood and, “she is really hot ... she's burning up.”
Jewell was pronounced dead Saturday at Integris Seminole Medical Center. Her funeral is set for 10 a.m. Thursday at Grace Christian Fellowship in Ada.
Konawa City Manager Rita LoPresto in a written statement said Konawa first responders Richard Mophis and Zack Christian arrived at a chaotic scene that morning. They sent out a desperate call for assistance and more ambulance workers. Police and firefighters awoke to respond to the scene to help triage victims.
“There's no doubt that due to their actions lives were saved,” LoPresto said.
Two people remain hospitalized
Jewell's boyfriend, Andrew Akerman, remained in critical condition Wednesday at Valley View Regional Hospital in Ada, a hospital spokeswoman said. Garrett Minitre was upgraded from serious to fair condition. Madison Wolf has been released from the hospital.
Erik Michelsen Jr. was released Wednesday evening from Norman Regional Health System, a hospital spokeswoman said. Josh and Heather Sharber and Colton Simmons were released earlier this week.
Many of the partygoers were friends and had either attended high school or college together at East Central University.
Cody Weddle, 20, of Ada, was arraigned Monday in Pontotoc County District Court on complaints of murder and conspiracy to distribute a synthetic substance. He has not been charged and has been denied bail.
Court records state Weddle, Jewell and Akerman diluted the drug with water at Jewell's home on Friday. Weddle returned to his residence, and Jewell and Akerman took some of the drug to the party to sell, court records show. Weddle told investigators the solution was supposed to be further diluted before it was sold.
Officials in Pontotoc County said Akerman was a successful drug court graduate.
Jewell was arrested in March 2009 and charged with maintaining and keeping a residence where drugs are kept, and possession of a controlled substance near a school.
There were 13 people in the home the night police served a search warrant and found 10 ounces of marijuana there, court records state. The charges against Jewell were later dismissed.
“My daughter is the last person I thought this would happen to,” Jewell's mother Lida Beckman told The Oklahoman. “She was a good daughter.”
Another death being investigated
Officers with the Roff Police Department continue to investigate the unexplained death of Jeffery Walls, 29. Walls, a construction worker, was found dead Saturday — the same day people at the party were sickened by 2C-E.
Assistant Chief Tom Cox said it's still not known if there is a connection between Walls' death and the party in Konawa.
Police received a call Saturday to a residence in Roff and were told of a possible death. It wasn't Walls' home.
Walls' obituary states he was born in Ada.
Roff is about 30 miles south of Konawa and about 30 miles east of Pauls Valley.
Walls had a criminal record and was charged in April with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and driving under the influence of drugs.
Pontotoc County District Attorney Chris Ross said Walls was not at the party where Jewell died Saturday.