murder charges in drug overdose

murder charges in drug overdose

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real player

Columbia, SC

#1 Dec 15, 2009
i saw on the front page of the herald citizen today that they have made a second arrest in the drug overdose of the teenager here. a 27 year old male.
citara

Monroe, TN

#2 Dec 15, 2009
about time they get what they deserve
RIP KAYLA

Allons, TN

#3 Dec 15, 2009
Second arrest made in overdose death
Mary Jo Denton
Herald-Citizen Staff
Tuesday, Dec 15, 2009
OVERTON COUNTY -- A second arrest has been made in the drug overdose death of a teenage girl in Livingston. Andy Franklin, 27, of the Alpine community in Overton County, is charged with second degree murder in the Sept. 29 drug overdose death of Kayla Bilbrey, 16. Tresta Stepp, 26, of Woodland Street, Livingston, was also charged with second degree murder in the same case last week. Overton County Sheriff W.B. Melton confirmed for the Herald-Citizen this morning that Franklin was brought to the Overton Sheriff's Department on Dec. 12 by his mother and he turned himself in on the charge. His bond was set at $200,000.
Both Franklin and Tresta Stepp were indicted on the charges by the Overton County grand jury recently following an investigation by the Livingston Police Department, the Overton Sheriff's Department, and the TBI. It was around 5:30 a.m. Sept. 29 when a woman, now alleged to be Tresta Stepp, brought Kayla Bilbrey to the emergency room at the Livingston Regional Hospital. The girl was dead, and investigators immediately suspected a drug overdose, which was later confirmed by an autopsy.
Stepp and Franklin, who were friends of Kayla Bilbrey, are accused of having provided Oxycodone to the teenager. It was Stepp who brought her to the emergency room that morning, but after leaving the girl there, she left the scene and was later located and, following an investigation, was jailed on violation of probation charges, officials said. Allegedly, the fatal overdose occurred at the Franklin home in the Alpine community, according to Sheriff Melton. Prosecution of Stepp and Franklin for second degree murder is under the state law which defines that crime as "a killing of another which results from the unlawful distribution of any Schedule I or Schedule II drug when such drug is the proximate cause of the death of the user."
unknown

Dearborn, MI

#4 Feb 1, 2010
citara wrote:
about time they get what they deserve
First of all I would like to send my sympathy to that poor girls family. But here's my thing. I use to live there and USE to be on drugs and party just like everyone else (got 1 year clean coming up). The thing that I don't understand is how can you charge somebody with 2nd degree mureder if the victim bought or wanted to take the drugs. If it was a known fact that someone forced this girl to take the drugs it would be different, but I remember how it was. I overdosed too, luckily I made it through it, but if I would have died would they have charged my boyfriend at the time with 2nd degree murder just because I was with him. I took the drugs myself because I wanted to be high. I'm just wondering if you or anyone else knows if the victim had a drug problem??? I can also say that YES, it was definately wrong for a 27 year old man to sleep with a 16 year old girl. And yes, when I was younger I was friends with that 27 year old, but that's not imparing my judgement. It's been years since I've talked to him. I guess I'm just wondering if she had a drug problem to begin with, because if she did that makes it another story in my book. But like I said, just because I use to know 2 out of the 3 people involved, it's not imaring my judgement at all.
stovetop

Dickson, TN

#5 Feb 1, 2010
this same thing is going on in the housing projects. There is a house where alot of young kids hang out The man that lives there goes down the street to his brothers and buys the ones who has the money pain pills. So its just going to happen again if something isn't done
Report

Cookeville, TN

#6 Feb 1, 2010
stovetop wrote:
this same thing is going on in the housing projects. There is a house where alot of young kids hang out The man that lives there goes down the street to his brothers and buys the ones who has the money pain pills. So its just going to happen again if something isn't done
If you know this to be a fact shouldnt you report it. If something bad happens and you knew about it in advance you would be partly to blame.
Tobias

Cookeville, TN

#7 Feb 1, 2010
unknown wrote:
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First of all I would like to send my sympathy to that poor girls family. But here's my thing. I use to live there and USE to be on drugs and party just like everyone else (got 1 year clean coming up). The thing that I don't understand is how can you charge somebody with 2nd degree mureder if the victim bought or wanted to take the drugs. If it was a known fact that someone forced this girl to take the drugs it would be different, but I remember how it was. I overdosed too, luckily I made it through it, but if I would have died would they have charged my boyfriend at the time with 2nd degree murder just because I was with him. I took the drugs myself because I wanted to be high. I'm just wondering if you or anyone else knows if the victim had a drug problem??? I can also say that YES, it was definately wrong for a 27 year old man to sleep with a 16 year old girl. And yes, when I was younger I was friends with that 27 year old, but that's not imparing my judgement. It's been years since I've talked to him. I guess I'm just wondering if she had a drug problem to begin with, because if she did that makes it another story in my book. But like I said, just because I use to know 2 out of the 3 people involved, it's not imaring my judgement at all.
The charge of 2nd degree murder is for supplying drugs that someone takes and they OD and die. Whether or not you or I agree with it doesn't matter, that's the law. It is only if they can prove that the girl got the drugs she OD'ed from the man and woman named... it's sad for everyone involved.

I am glad to hear you are recovering from your problems, from the location it gave it looks as though you left the area? Most likely a good idea for an addict to get away from the environment/outside influences that make someone more likely to relapse.

Just heard in the news about a young man in White county, 24 years old, already on probation, getting 15 years for drug charges. Man... that's something else. I mean I know he'll most likely not have to serve all of that, but if he does he'll be damn near 40 when he gets out. Not worth it.
Away

Carmine, TX

#8 Feb 2, 2010
I have been away from Livingston a very long time. However I still have family there. When they read the posts for this they told me about it because I knew one of the people involved from school.

I agree with what Tobias said about it being sad for everyone involved. No matter how you chop it up each person has innocent family that has been deeply affected by this situation. My heart goes out to all of them.

That being said I would like to add something in. I mean no disrespect towards the girl who died or her family and I most certainly am not defending or accusing anybody. During some of the posts it was mentioned that the two accused had no business hanging out with the girl because of her age. Yet in a complete contradiction it appears the girl regularly associated with them. In some of the articles I read they were referred to as friends. I do not understand how anyone can bash the two accused for this portion of the situation. I seriously doubt I would be able to locate a discussion on there association prior to all of this.

I feel like it will be very difficult to prove who exactly gave this girl the drugs or how she acquired them. Even if she told the accused who, that essentially is hear say in a court of law because she is not around to tell a court room that herself.

It is so very very sad. The girls parents lost a child, one of the accused has children who may not have their mother there to watch them grow up, and both accused have to live with the death everyday whatever the verdict. Everybody is a loser in this situation.

I feel like the best possible thing that can happen is for programs to be put into place to try and keep these things from happening. It can never be fully stopped and I understand that but there has to some resources for prevention.

Once again I am very sorry for everyone who is involved. I will pray for all you.
What it is89

Cookeville, TN

#9 Feb 5, 2010
That girl was Terestas best friend, She doesnt even rememberthat night, but Kayla WAS adrugaddict, NO ONE forced her to take ANYTHING! Its a shame what happened, but everything happens for a reason!!! And I am also very very sorry for everyone who was involved!!! I also don't believe these people should be in jail for a ACCIDENT
citara

Monroe, TN

#10 Feb 5, 2010
ok I know Tresta and I also know Kayla because she happens to be my cousin. I also know that Tresta w is really stung out on drugs and should heve known better to be giving someone Kaylas age drugs. They both derserve to be in jail and did u ever thank that this "accident" could be a big deal for Kaylas family. You should really stop and think before u just start giving out your opinion. I also dont appreciate u getting on here and just flat out calling my little cousin a drugaddict.Have some respect for the family.
go girl

Nashville, TN

#11 Feb 5, 2010
citara wrote:
ok I know Tresta and I also know Kayla because she happens to be my cousin. I also know that Tresta w is really stung out on drugs and should heve known better to be giving someone Kaylas age drugs. They both derserve to be in jail and did u ever thank that this "accident" could be a big deal for Kaylas family. You should really stop and think before u just start giving out your opinion. I also dont appreciate u getting on here and just flat out calling my little cousin a drugaddict.Have some respect for the family.
You tell em Citara! It will all come out in the wash....everyone needs to keep their mouths shut and let the judge decide who is at fault
citara

United States

#12 Feb 5, 2010
yea they will get what they deserve
Away

United States

#13 Feb 5, 2010
I would like to say that I feel like calling the girl anything is unfair. And this is just my opinion. She was still a child. She had her entire life ahead of her, to label her anything is unjust. Also she is not here to defend herself and her family should not have to. There are a hundred ways to voice an opinion without being disrespectful towards other people.

That being said I sincerely hope you were not referring to me with the attitude. I did not start the forum. It is international and all I did was voice my opinion. If it bothers you that bad what people have to say get with Toppix let them remove it but it is not fair to get crappy with the rest of us for having an opinion. If you feel insulted by something being said about the girl who died then it is also very hypocritical to run your mouth about the two that are accused. It is not Toppix "only discuss how you feel and nobody else has a right to their opinion." You want it dropped you might consider making that equal across the board. News Flash- if your reading this forum and commenting on it, no matter what the comment you are as opinionated as everybody else and it is not your right to tell people to shut up. Get with toppix, have it removed, or don't read the form but do not be rude to everybody else.

Far as the girl being in jail. If she was already there for a probation violation and she was using drugs she should by alright be there. Probation is designed to let criminals pay there debt to society without being behind bars and help them handle business within their own personal lives so that the jail time does not inconvenience innocent people. Example: mother with children. If she did not take her family and children into consideration by violating it is her own fault. That however does not make her any less of a person than the next one who screws up. I do not know the man or his situation at all. All I know about the situation is what I read.

And I stand 100% behind what I said. It is sad all the way around. Perhaps if treatment were affordable and more available similar situations could be avoided.

A judge does not always decide who is at fault. If it goes to trial a jury will decide and the judge places the sentence. No more no less.

Because it appears to be offending people I will not add anything else no matter how angry some people will become over what I have already said. I meant in no way to rub the families the wrong way at this time. Best of luck to all parties involved.
citara

United States

#14 Feb 5, 2010
ok I didn't have the attitude toward u I just dnt appreciate the person that flat out called kayla a drugaddict. yea this is topix and people do have a right to their own opinion but that doesn't mean that people should be on here callin her a drugaddict and everything the family has had a hard enough time. I just wished people could act respectable.
citara

United States

#15 Feb 5, 2010
and as far as being hypocritical if it was your cousin im sure u would be just as upset about it.
rip kb ily

Leechburg, PA

#16 Feb 5, 2010
My heart goes out to her family i was friends with her and i miss her like crazy and I agree with you all the way citara

Since: Nov 09

Crossville, TN

#17 Feb 6, 2010
My Heart goes out to all involved. I am very sorry for the death of Kayla. She was so young and should not have died. HOWEVER!! I am best friends with Tresta's cousin. This is not easy on her family either. No one will ever know for sure what really happened that night. When this does go to trial you will only know what is said in the court room and that may or may not be the truth either. Make no mistake.. I am not calling anyone anthing. I am not accusing anyone of anyting, But in this day and age EVERYONE AND I MEAN EVERYONE SHOULD NO THAT USING DRUGS IS NOT A GOOD THING AND THAT THERE IS A GOOD CHANCE THAT THEY WILL KILL YOU. The first time you pop a pill, smoke a joint..whatever you are makeing a choice. I pray daily that my kids will make the right one and stay far far away from that kinda crap. I have known more then my share of ppl killed from drugs or because of drugs. I pray for all the ppl involved, friends family. IF THIS HAS OFFENDED ANYONE. I APOLOGIZE.
truthfully

Nashville, TN

#18 Feb 18, 2010
i know he house your talkig about in the pj's an thy have been reported but the cops wont do nothing cause thats where most of thiere snitches go an kaylas sister{whorie lorrie) should have been taking care of her tommy has his baby with him now rip kayla
annjerr

Allons, TN

#19 Feb 18, 2010
R.I.P Kayla . We all miss you very much .Our hearts go out to the rest of the family . We know them very well .
the bitch

Nashville, TN

#20 Feb 19, 2010
shut up it aint jus the pjs shit u get dope anywhere in livingston hell its around every block the whole damn world is full of it[stovetop] i know him he is a nice person you know about it cause you goto a diffrent house to get yours huh?

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