Woman admits to causing death of drag queen Lateasha Shuntel
The woman accused in the death of beloved Atlanta drag performer Lateasha Shuntel pleaded guilty to eight felony counts on March 14, and admitted her actions led to Shuntel’s death in November 2015.
Deanna Roberts, a Florida resident who lied to her victims about being a licensed medical professional, illegally transported liquid silicone to Atlanta and injected it into the bodies of at least four victims. She was taken into custody in May 2016.
Between April 2004 and December 2015, Roberts purchased at least 178 gallons of liquid silicone, a substance that is regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, and “may be legally injected directly into the human body only as a treatment for certain eye conditions,” according to a statement from the US Department of Justice. In order to purchase the liquid silicone, Roberts submitted an affidavit to the company that falsely represented her intentions, saying she did not intend to inject the silicone into humans.
On Nov. 16, 2015, Roberts injected Shuntel with liquid silicone. The next day, Shuntel complained of tightness in her chest and shortness of breath, “symptoms that are consistent with the presence of liquid silicone in her lungs.” That day, she publicly Roberts in a Facebook post.
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