Quemahoning Township woman charged with drug death

November 8, 2018


A 35-year-old Quemahoning Township woman has been charged with selling drugs to another woman who later died.

State police charged Beth Anne Shomody, Forbes Road, Wednesday with the drug deal, which allegedly occurred Aug. 13 at Dollar General in the township.

On Aug. 14 police found Angela Walker, 38, dead in a bathroom in Stonycreek Township with two opened heroin stamp bags labeled “HBO” and other drug paraphernalia.

According to a probable-cause affidavit, the deceased woman’s mother told police that on Aug. 13 she took her daughter to the store and saw her exit with Shomody after about 15 minutes. The mother told police that the two had hugged in the parking lot.

The woman was later found dead at her residence by her father, according to the affidavit. A toxicology report from ForensicDX in Windber said Walker’s death was due to cardiorespiratory arrest from fentanyl, methamphetamine and morphine.

Police said that video surveillance from the Dollar General showed the drug transaction taking place in the laundry aisle.

According to the affidavit, Shomody told police that she sold the woman the HBO-marked drugs after being contacted by her on Facebook. She told authorities that the woman handed her crumpled-up money in the store as well as sedative pills.

Shomody has been charged with third-degree felony criminal use of a communication facility, felony drug delivery resulting in death and felony manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver.

She was arraigned Wednesday before District Judge Susan Mankamyer, of Boswell, and was sent to the Somerset County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond. She waived her right to a preliminary hearing.

She is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Dec. 31 in Somerset County court. An online court document did not list an attorney for Shomody Wednesday evening.

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