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Kiss of Death: Tennessee woman is charged with MURDER after 'slipping inmate meth' in prison visit

Kiss of Death: Tennessee woman charged with MURDER after she ‘slipped inmate half an ounce of meth while kissing in jail’ – only for him to die of an overdose

  • Rachel Dollard, 33, passed half an ounce of meth to inmate Joshua Brown
  • The couple was seen kissing during the visit and orally exchanging drugs
  • Brown died a short time later in a local hospital of a massive overdose
  • Dollard is charged with second-degree murder and drug smuggling

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A woman is charged with murder after a fatal kiss while visiting a man in prison who died a short time later.

Rachel Dollard, 33, visited inmate Joshua Brown, who was serving an 11-year sentence on drug-related charges, last February at the Turney Center Industrial Complex prison in Only, Tennessee.

During the visit, the couple was seen kissing, with Dollard Brown passing a balloon pellet containing a half ounce of methamphetamine, which he then swallowed, according to the Tennessee Department of Correction.

Brown died a short time later at a local hospital, with the bag believed to have opened in his stomach and flooded his system with a massive and lethal dose of meth. His sentence was due to end in 2029.

Rachal Dollard was taken into custody this weekend by special agents from TDOC and the Dickson County Sheriff’s Department on a warrant of a sealed indictment in Hickman County.

She has been charged with second-degree murder over Brown’s death and the introduction of contraband into a penitentiary.

Rachel Dollard, 33, has been charged with second-degree murder after Joshua Brown's death

Rachel Dollard, 33, has been charged with second-degree murder after Joshua Brown’s death

Joshua Brown was serving an 11-year sentence for drug-related crimes when he swallowed half an ounce of meth that Dollard smuggled into prison by kissing him during a visit, only for the bag to burst into his stomach

Joshua Brown was serving an 11-year sentence for drug-related crimes when he swallowed half an ounce of meth that Dollard smuggled into prison by kissing him during a visit, only for the bag to burst into his stomach

Joshua Brown was serving an 11-year sentence for drug-related crimes when he swallowed half an ounce of meth that Dollard smuggled into prison by kissing him during a visit, only for the bag to burst into his stomach

Second-degree murder typically refers to incidents that are believed to have been committed with malicious intent, but are believed not to have been committed with premeditation.

“This incident highlights the real dangers of introducing contraband into prisons and the resulting consequences,” said David Imhof, director of TDOC’s Office of Investigations and Conduct.

“Our agency will prosecute any person who threatens the safety and security of our staff, the men and women in our custody and our facilities.”

In the state of Tennessee, second-degree murderers are typically sentenced to 15-60 years in prison.

During the visitation, the couple was seen kissing, with Dollard Brown passing a balloon pellet containing a half ounce of methamphetamine, which he then swallowed, according to the Tennessee Department of Correction.

During the visitation, the couple was seen kissing, with Dollard Brown passing a balloon pellet containing a half ounce of methamphetamine, which he then swallowed, according to the Tennessee Department of Correction.

During the visitation, the couple was seen kissing, with Dollard Brown passing a balloon pellet containing a half ounce of methamphetamine, which he then swallowed, according to the Tennessee Department of Correction.

The penalty for first-degree murder is usually less severe than that for first-degree murder, which is when a murder is considered willful and premeditated.

The death penalty cannot be handed down as a penalty for a second-degree murder conviction.

The Department of Correction said in a statement it uses several tools to prevent the introduction of contraband into Tennessee prisons.

These include pat searches from anyone entering a facility, vehicle and cell searches, and drug detection dogs. Body scanners are also currently being placed in all facilities, they add.

TDOC encourages anyone with information about potential security concerns to call the 24-hour anonymous tip line, 1-844-TDC-FIND (1-844-832-3463).

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