Manslaughter verdict in buttocks-injection trial

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Associated Press

Posted on February 1, 2014 at 4:01 AM

Updated Saturday, Feb 1 at 4:33 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — To hear Natasha Stewart tell it, she was just trying to help an insecure woman when she helped arrange for her to get silicone injections in her buttocks, shots that prosecutors say were deadly. A jury disagreed, convicting Stewart on Friday of culpable negligence manslaughter.

Stewart, of suburban Memphis, Tenn., was found guilty Friday in Jackson, Miss., in the death of 37-year-old Karima Gordon of Atlanta.

Authorities say Stewart, an adult entertainer also known as Pebbelz Da Model, took $200 for a referral to the alleged injector and falsely represented that the injector was a nurse.

Stewart had been charged with "depraved-heart murder," but jurors decided to go with the option they had been given to convict Stewart of the lesser charge.

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