Woman ad­mits to caus­ing death of drag queen Lateasha Shuntel

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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.

Rafer John­son, the openly gay may­oral can­di­date for South Ful­ton, did not garner enough votes to make the runoff on April 18. (File photo)

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