Mississippi man charged in buttocks implant death of Atlanta woman

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Mississippi authorities have charged Morris Garner in the death of an Atlanta woman following an illegal buttocks implant (Jackson Clarion-Ledger)
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JACKSON, Miss. -- A Jackson resident has been charged with depraved heart murder after an Atlanta woman died following an illegal buttocks implant.

Attorney General Jim Hood said Tuesday that Morris Garner, who dresses as a woman and goes by the name Tracey Lynn Garner, did the procedure in March at a Peyton Avenue home.

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Hood said Morris, 52, is charged in the death of Karima Gordon. Gordon died in the Atlanta area a few days after the procedure.

Hood said Gordon met Garner through someone in New York City known to authorities only as "Pebbles."

Garner was transported to the Hinds County Sheriff's Office and remains in custody at this time. If convicted, Garner faces up to life in prison.

A six-month investigation by state and federal investigators with the Mississippi Attorney General's Office, United States Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations and the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure led to information which resulted in the arrest of Garner.

"While this remains a murder case, our intellectual property task force is involved to also investigate the possibility that the substance injected into the victim was a counterfeit version of silicone," said Hood. "We cannot express enough how valuable our partnership with the FDA Office of Criminal Investigations has been in this process thus far."

(Jackson Clarion Ledger)

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