KONAWA — The designer drug that killed an East Central University student has taken another life.
Andrew Steven Akerman, 22, of Konawa, died Friday morning after a week in a medically induced coma. Akerman was one of eight people who took the drug 2C-E at a party on May 7. His girlfriend, Anastasia “Stacy” Jewell, 22, of Ada died that night from the same drug.
Akerman was a computer science student at East Central University, and a computer technician intern at Finley & Cook accounting firm in Shawnee. His mother is a longtime employee at the firm.
“A lot of us have known him since he was a baby and watched him grow up,” Finley & Cook owner Richard Finley said earlier this week. “Their family is in our prayers.”
Finley called Akerman “a bright young man.”
Cody Weddle, 20, is jailed without bail on complaints of drug distribution and murder in connection with Jewell's death.
District Attorney Chris Ross said he plans to formally charge Weddle on Tuesday and will consider this weekend how Akerman's death will play into those charges.
Weddle bought the synthetic drug 2C-E on the Internet and shared it with Jewell and Akerman to sell at the party north of Konawa, according to a court affidavit. Six others at the party were hospitalized after the drug caused severe vomiting and seizures, but they have recovered.
Pottawatomie County officials say Akerman is a 2008 Drug Court graduate, which expunged his record of a minor drug charge.
Jewell was a student at East Central University with plans to teach art to children.
More than 250 people attended her funeral Thursday in Ada. Among them were college professors and disabled children she introduced to art.
Her brother said Jewell's friends collected money among themselves to buy an airplane ticket so he could be there.
Rock songs she loved were played at the funeral, and friends replicated her paintings and drawings on her coffin.
“Her funeral was unique, but so was she,” said her mother, Lida Beckman.