FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jackson, MS - A Hinds County resident has been arrested for depraved heart murder, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.
Tracey Lynn Garner (formerly known as Morris Garner), age 52, of Jackson was arrested recently by Investigators with the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office Consumer Protection Division Intellectual Property Task Force and charged with one count of depraved heart murder. A six-month investigation by state and federal investigators with the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, United States Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations and the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure led to information which resulted in this defendant’s arrest for alleged actions that lead to the death of an Atlanta, Georgia resident who received injections of a foreign and possible counterfeit substance during an illegal medical procedure performed by Garner at her 1020 Peyton Avenue address in Jackson.
“While this remains a murder case, our intellectual property task force is involved to also investigate the possibility that the substance injected into the victim was a counterfeit version of silicone,” said Attorney General Hood. “We cannot express enough how valuable our partnership with the FDA Office of Criminal Investigations has been in this process thus far.”
The Attorney General encourages anyone who may have received a buttocks or breast augmentation from this defendant to please notify the AG’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-281-4418.
Garner was transported to the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office and remains in custody at this time. If convicted, Garner faces up to life in prison.
As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
The case is being investigated by Lee McDivitt of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division Intellectual Property Task Force. Prosecution of the case will be prosecuted by the division director, Assistant Attorney General Patrick Beasley.