MILLER COUNTY, Mo. — Less than two weeks after a Lake area woman was charged for 2nd Degree murder in connection with a fetanyl-overdose death in Camden County, a similar charge has been filed against another person, connected to another death, in Miller County.
On Aug. 8, 2020, Miller County deputies were dispatched to a residence in Olean, where they found a 29-year-old woman, identified as “D.M.”, dead of what would later to be determined was a fentanyl overdose.
Investigators say they found a broken medicine capsule containing white powder, which later tested positive for fentanyl, at the scene. On Oct. 7, 2020, authorities say they questioned 29-year-old William Kyle Crooks, in which he provided a recorded statement. According to a court document, Crooks admitted he had brought D.M. a medicine capsule that he knew had fentanyl in it, gave it to D.M., and told her how much to take. The document states Crooks admitted that after D.M. passed away, he called her grandmother and admitted to her that he had brought D.M. fentanyl.
Crooks has been charged with 2nd Degree Murder, a Class A Felony, and Delivering a Controlled Substance, a Class C Felony. (In Missouri, a person can be found guilty of 2nd Degree Murder if their commission of a felony causes the death of another person.) Crooks is being held on $400,000 bond.
In announcing the charges, Miller County Sheriff Louie Gregoire said, “The Miller County Sheriff’s Office hopes this sends a message to those who deliver and distribute controlled substances within Miller County.”