• Three face federal charges in connection to Pryor woman's overdose death

    By: Sara Whaley


    Story Highlights

    • Christina Dempsey, Jennifer McCormack Boyce and Michael Miers face federal charges.
    • The three are accused in the drug overdose of Jennifer McNulty in 2014.
    • An indictment says that Dempsey sold Boyce and Miers Oxycodone, and then, they sold it to McNulty.

    PRYOR, Okla. - The U.S. Attorney’s Office says three people have now been charged in a case of drug sales that resulted in a Pryor woman’s death.

    An indictment says that, in 2014, Christina Dempsey sold Jennifer McCormack Boyce and Michael Miers Oxycodone that they then sold to a woman named Jennifer McNulty.

    The indictment alleges that McNulty overdosed on the drug on October 25, 2014.

    FOX23 first covered the case in September of 2015, when Boyce, Miers and Dempsey were arrested after they were charged in state court.

    At the time, they were charged with conspiracy to deliver drugs and first degree murder.

    Those charges were dropped in state court on February 2017 “pending further investigation.”

    On Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the new federal charges against the suspects, indicting each with conspiracy to distribute oxycodone resulting in death and distributing oxycodone resulting in death.

    The case will now be handled in federal court.

    State prosecutor Matt Ballard said that they were having difficulties in the state system due to the complexity of the case. Instead of forcing it in state court, Ballard said the prosecutors figured it would  be better to go after the case federally. He said that since it involves conspiracy, it’s a better federal fit, and he said it’s fortunate that they have people in the federal level who are willing to work with them.

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