ADA (AP) — An Oklahoma man pleaded no contest Friday to second-degree murder after prosecutors accused him of giving a synthetic drug to two friends who later overdosed and died.
Cody Weddle, 22, rejected a plea bargain that would have set a 10-year prison term. Instead, he entered a “blind plea” that will let District Judge Thomas Landrith determine a penalty. Sentencing was set for Aug. 7.
Police arrested Weddle after eight people who drank a mixture containing the drug, Bromo-DragonFLY, fell violently ill at a party May 6, 2011, in Konawa.
East Central University students Anastasia Jewell and Andrew Akerman died and the other six were hospitalized after suffering violent seizures and other signs of severe drug toxicity.
Weddle said little other than “Yes, sir” when asked by the judge if he understood the charges against him and what entering a no-contest plea means.
After the hearing, Weddle's attorney, Ron Neal, declined to comment and Weddle shook his head when asked if he had anything to say.
Assistant District Attorney Jim Tillison said the judge can sentence Weddle from probation up to life in prison on each of the two murder counts and two drug charges to which he pleaded no contest.
“He rejected the state's offer and decided to leave it to the judge to determine the sentence,” Tillison said.
According to court documents, Weddle told police he purchased what he thought was the drug 2C-E from an Internet site and diluted it in water to take to the party. The charging document stated that Weddle and Akerman agreed to sell the concoction to partygoers.
Weddle told officers 2C-E would affect users the same way Ecstasy does. Tests later determined that the drug was actually Bromo-DragonFLY, a synthetic hallucinogenic that also mimics the effects of Ecstasy and LSD.