A Kenner woman has been arrested on a second-degree murder charge, accused of giving another woman heroin that she later overdosed on and died from, police said.
An autopsy received last Friday found Amber Hollis, 23, of Kenner died Oct. 27, 2013, as a result of “acute heroin toxicity,” according to Sgt. Brian McGregor, a Kenner Police Department spokesman.
Lana Marie Cristina, 20, at first told police that she did not know where Hollis got the heroin but later admitted she bought the drug and gave it to Hollis, McGregor said.
Louisiana criminal law allows for a person to be booked with second-degree murder if that person “unlawfully distributes or dispenses a controlled dangerous substance ... which is the direct cause of the death of the recipient who ingested or consumed the controlled dangerous substance.”
Cristina remained jailed Monday at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center. Her bond was set at $500,000.
Kenner police detective George Hoffman Jr. is in charge of the investigation.