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An Oklahoma couple is accused of injecting a woman with a lethal dose of methamphetamine and filming her death.
Allie Anderson, 41, and her husband, Brian Anderson, 50, have been charged with the murder of Melissa Vermillion, who died from a meth overdose at the couple’s Eucha, Oklahoma home two years ago, according to police.
New evidence provided by a police informant and trusted street soldier to Brian — a suspected meth trafficker and an alleged force in the Irish mob — also led to the charges against the couple, an arrest affidavit obtained by Oxygen.com stated.
Vermillion was found dead at the couple’s residence on Oct. 21, 2017. In their search of the Andersons' home after the death, a police sergeant located a “video that had been made of Vermillion’s death,” according to the the arrest affidavit.
The video, which purportedly captures Vermillion’s final breaths, shows the woman pleading for “‘help,’” while Allie allegedly tried filming her from different angles.
“In the video, the victim Melissa Vermillion can be seen laying supine on a bed asking for ‘help,’” the arrest affidavit stated. “Also in the video, Allie Anderson can be seen, as she moves the video camera from its position in the hallway, just outside the bedroom, to a new position inside the bedroom, propping the camera up at a better vantage point to view the death of Vermillion.”
In the footage, police claimed, Allie can be heard uttering, “This is all my fault.”
As Vermillion lay dying, she also asked for her mother, who Allie allegedly dialed. The woman’s mother told Allie to phone emergency dispatchers, but Allie ignored the woman’s mother and Vermillion died shortly afterward, police say.
Allie allegedly waited roughly an hour before calling 911.
When police confronted Allie about the recording, she was bewildered and denied any knowledge of the video. However, she later admitted she had filmed her friend — supposedly a meth user and a diabetic — but had forgotten, according to the report.
“She stated she made the video, so that she could show Vermillion how she acted when she was ‘like this,’ stating Vermillion did not properly care for her diabetes," the report reads.
Allie claimed she and Vermillion had spent the night previous playing the slot machines at a local casino and that her friend had stayed with her. She awoke the next day to find Vermillion sitting on her couch, and the pair smoked marijuana. But at some point later that day, Allie said she found Vermillion unresponsive in the home’s north bedroom.
“I guess I didn’t know this was going to happen to her,” she told detectives, according to the arrest affidavit.
Police later determined Vermillion’s death was caused by a methamphetamine overdose. Allie later turned over a stash of meth, marijuana, and an assortment of prescription benzodiazepines and muscle relaxants she said belonged to Vermillion.
At the time of the woman’s death, Allie and her husband, Brian, were already facing meth trafficking charges. Earlier in 2017, the couple had been slapped with felony charges for methamphetamine possession with intent to manufacture, according to court documents.
This summer, a confidential informant, who identified himself as the “right hand man,” to Brian, an alleged senior member of the Irish mob, provided new information regarding Vermillion’s death, which also led to first-degree murder charges against the pair, authorities said.
The informant, who told police he had pedaled for meth for Brian for at least two years, said he’d give Brian about $1,000 each day from his sales. The individual claimed he handled kilograms of meth at Anderson’s behest.
The informant then told detectives that his boss had injected Vermillion with methamphetamine the day she died in 2017. He referred to the injection as “the shot.”
“‘I took Brian money that day right after he gave Mellisa the shot," he told investigators, according to the report.
The informant was unsure if Brian had given her the drugs with the intention of killing her. However, he told authorities that Brian knew “[Vermillion] had a bad heart and was told not to do meth by her doctor, or it would kill her,” the arrest affidavit stated.
“When Brian makes a shot, he makes a big one, and if you do a shot with Brian, you do the same that he does," the informant allegedly said.
The couple’s lawyer, Dale Ellis, wasn’t immediately available for comment on Thursday.
The Andersons been arraigned and are each being held on a $100,000 bond, according to the Delaware County Clerk’s office.
The couple is due back in court next month. Allie’s pre-trial hearing is set for Nov. 4. Her husband’s next scheduled court appearance is Nov. 15.
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