Woman charged in Pontotoc County cellmate's death

Pontotoc County jail inmate Tammy Jordan was found dead Nov. 11 inside her jail cell. Summer Leigh Shaw, 27, was Jordan’s cellmate and has been charged with murder and possession of a controlled dangerous drug, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation reported.
by LeighAnne Manwarren Published: March 12, 2014

A woman has been charged with murder in the drug death of her cellmate in Pontotoc County jail.

Summer Leigh Shaw, 27, has also been charged with possession of a controlled dangerous drug, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation reported Wednesday.

Shaw’s cellmate, Tammy Jordan, was found dead inside her jail cell shortly after 8 p.m. Nov. 11. On Monday, the state medical examiner’s office determined Jordan’s death was a homicide and that the cause of her death was acute drug toxicity.

OSBI agents reviewed the surveillance video of Jordan and Shaw’s cell the day Jordan died and it showed Shaw drink from a cup. Shaw told an OSBI agent that she hid a small bag of methamphetamine in a body cavity and mixed the meth with water inside a cup while in jail, the OSBI reported.

Shaw told the agent that she gave Jordan a small amount of meth and that Jordan also drank it. Jordan later complained of shortness of breath and stomach pain. Shaw told the agent that she did not ask for medical assistance for Jordan or tell anyone she gave Jordan meth, the OSBI reported.

Shaw is in the Seminole County jail on complaints of attempted murder, assault and battery and possession of a controlled substance. She is accused of trying to shoot her grandfather and of possessing 11.5 grams of meth. She was arrested by Konawa police in January.

Shaw will be transferred back to the Pontotoc County jail, the OSBI reported.

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by LeighAnne Manwarren
Breaking News Reporter
LeighAnne Manwarren is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and weather for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. An Oklahoma City native, Manwarren is a University of Oklahoma journalism alum and has interned for The Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette,...
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