Kiss of Death: Tennessee woman is charged with MURDER after ‘slipping inmate half an ounce of meth during prison visit kiss’ – only for him to then die of an overdose
- Rachel Dollard, 33, passed half ounce of meth to prison inmate Joshua Brown
- The pair were seen kissing during the visitation, and exchanged drugs orally
- Brown died a short while later at a local hospital from a massive overdose
- Dollard is facing charges of second-degree murder and smuggling drugs
A woman has been charged with murder following a fatal kiss while visiting a man in jail who died a short while later.
Rachel Dollard, 33, was visiting inmate Joshua Brown, who was serving an 11-year sentence on drug-related charges, at the Turney Center Industrial Complex prison in Only, Tennessee last February.
During the visitation the pair were seen kissing, in which Dollard passed Brown a balloon pellet containing half an ounce of methamphetamine, which he then swallowed, according to the Tennessee Department of Correction.
Brown died a short while later at a local hospital, the bag having thought to have opened in his stomach and flooded his system with a massive and fatal dose of meth. His sentence was due to expire in 2029.
Rachal Dollard was taken into custody this weekend by TDOC special agents and the Dickson County Sheriff’s Department on a warrant from a sealed indictment in Hickman County.
She has been charged with second-degree murder over the death of Brown and introduction of contraband into a penal facility.
Rachel Dollard, 33, has been charged with second-degree murder following the death of Joshua Brown
Joshua Brown was serving an 11-year jail sentence for drug-related crimes when he swallowed half an ounce of meth that Dollard smuggled in to the prison by kissing him during a visitation, only for the bag to break in his stomach
Second-degree murder typically relates to incidents considered to have been conducted with malicious intent, but that are not thought to have been premeditated.
‘This incident points to the real dangers of introducing contraband into prisons and the consequences that follow,’ said David Imhof, Director of TDOC’s Office of Investigations and Conduct.
‘Our agency will pursue prosecution against any individual who threatens the safety and security of our staff, the men and women in our custody, and our facilities.’
In the state Tennessee, second-degree murderer typically receive 15-60 years in prison.
During the visitation the pair were seen kissing, in which Dollard passed Brown a balloon pellet containing half an ounce of methamphetamine, which he then swallowed, according to the Tennessee Department of Correction – Stock photo
The punishment for second-degree murder is usually less severe than that for first-degree murder, which is when a killing is considered deliberated and premeditated.
Capital punishment cannot be handed down as a sentence for a second-degree murder conviction.
The Department of Correction said in a statement that it employs a variety of tools to try to prevent the introduction of contraband into Tennessee prisons.
These include pat searches of anyone entering a facility, vehicle and cell searches, and drug detection dogs. Body scanners are also currently being placed in all facilities, they add.
TDOC encourages anyone with information about potential security concerns to call the 24-hour anonymous tip line, 1-844-TDC-FIND (1-844-832-3463).