JACKSON, Mississippi — Defense attorneys for a woman accused of killing a Georgia woman in 2012 through illicit silicone buttocks injections tried Wednesday to undermine the testimony of the lead investigator, who acknowledged under cross-examination that investigators have not matched silicone seized from the defendant's house to that found in the victim's body.
Defense lawyer John Colette also cited information provided to Mississippi attorney general investigator Lee McDivitt that the victim received multiple other buttocks injections before going to the defendant's house for additional injections.
Tracey Lynn Garner is charged with depraved-heart murder in the death of Karima Gordon and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Authorities initially identified Garner as a man, Morris Garner, after the arrest. Her attorney has said Garner was born male and had sex reassignment surgery.
Prosecutors say Gordon and a friend were referred to Garner by Natasha Stewart, an adult entertainer known as Pebbelz Da Model, who was convicted of manslaughter last February in Garner's death and is serving a seven-year prison sentence.
"You got emails from the family where you had the victim herself talking about prior procedures," Colette told McDivitt, saying Gordon paid someone named Jeremy $475 for an earlier injection.
"I was able to find no knowledge of other procedures than this one," McDivitt said, saying he couldn't identify the emailer.
Angelina Barber, Gordon's best friend who came with her to Jackson, said Tuesday that she decided not to receive injections after meeting Garner. Barber testified again Wednesday, saying she and Gordon were led to believe that Garner was a nurse.
A nursing home administrator testified that Garner had been a cook at a nursing home where she wore scrubs. Others testified she had never been licensed as a massage therapist or physician in Mississippi.
Colette again asserted Wednesday that Gordon wanted the illicit silicone injections, regardless of Garner's medical training.
"You'd have to believe that Karima would have never come here if she hadn't believed Tracey was a nurse and I think all the evidence shows otherwise," he said.
Robert Stanley Gordon, Karima Gordon's father, testified that his daughter was fine before coming to Jackson, but he last saw her on life support in an Atlanta-area hospital on the day she died in March 2012, eight days after prosecutors say Garner gave her shots of silicone.
"She was perfectly healthy. She didn't have any asthma, any kind of illness," the father said. "She used to go to the gym three times a week."
The lead prosecutor told Gordon's family members Wednesday that he expects to call medical experts to the stand Thursday and hopes to conclude the prosecution's case.
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