Oklahoma man pleads no contest in synthetic drug case

Oklahoman Modified: July 6, 2012 at 12:20 pm •  Published: July 6, 2012

According to the charging document, Weddle and Akerman agreed to sell the concoction to partygoers for $1 per milliliter.

An affidavit states that when Weddle learned people had gotten sick, he took the drug to an Ada hospital and informed medical staffers that the synthetic drug had been used.

The case spurred a change in Oklahoma law.

Sen. Susan Paddack, whose district includes Konawa, said she talked with prosecutors after reading about the students' deaths and learned they could only file second-degree murder counts against Weddle because the drug involved was a synthetic controlled substance and not a controlled dangerous substance, such as heroin or cocaine.

She co-sponsored Senate Bill 987, which expands the definition of first-degree murder to include death resulting from the manufacturing of a controlled dangerous substance to include synthetic controlled substances. The measure passed in the state House and Senate by large margins and was signed into law in May by Gov. Mary Fallin.

“I run legislation that really comes from the needs of my constituents,” Paddack, D-Ada, said Thursday. “I am pleased it was well-received and it sent a strong message that synthetic controlled substances are just as dangerous as the controlled ones.”

In March, a Minnesota man who provided a synthetic drug that killed a 19-year-old and sent 10 other partygoers to the hospital pleaded guilty to third-degree unintentional murder.

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