Ex-con Kevin Richardson has been charged with manslaughter and unauthorized practice of a profession after a cosmetic procedure he administered caused the death of Latesha Bynum. Richardson does not have (and never has had) a medical license.
Richardson and an accomplice, Allison Spence (who is charged with one count of manslaughter and eight counts of unauthorized practice of a profession), collected numerous patients at a Dunkin' Donuts in New York City, using the coffee chain as a waiting room and offering illegal procedures in a nearby apartment.
After receiving a butt lift from Richardson, Bynum checked herself into a hospital when she began feeling dizzy. She subsequently lapsed into a coma and died about two weeks later.
“No one with medical training would have done this because it’s dangerous,” prosecutor Michele Bayer had said in Manhattan Criminal Court. “The victim in this case died soon after. All of these additional victims are in serious danger. The effects of the silicone entering the bloodstream could kill any of these victims and it’s not necessarily immediate.”
Richardson had fled New York when he heard about the charges and was later apprehended. He has a previous criminal record including robbery and witness tampering. He potentially faces up to 15 years in jail and has pleaded not guilty.
"Murderer!" Bertie Bynum, the victim's mother, had shouted at Richardson during Spence's arraignment. "They murdered my daughter!"
“It should be a life for a life,” said Latesha's aunt, Delores Bynum. “They took her life and should pay for it, that’s how we all feel. Justice is not being served."
Richardson and Spence are due back in court on February 1.