“The initial investigation left unanswered questions as to exactly what had occurred that would cause an otherwise normal woman to get into a deep freezer and die,” Burns said. “So once we received the autopsy report and determined that the cause of death was, in fact, methamphetamine toxicity, it prompted us to look further and to investigate further as to the source of the methamphetamine.”
Burns said the investigation found significant evidence suggesting that Huddleston not only procured the methamphetamine, but also that Herrin’s husband assisted her in injecting the drug.
“We have evidence that he loaded the syringe and handed it to her and she injected it,” Burns said.
Because Huddleston is a habitual offender, Burns said prosecutors plan to file a notice of enhancement on his third-degree-felony offense.
If convicted, Huddleston could serve between 25 years to life in prison.
“Perhaps people who provide drugs to other people will think twice,” Burns said.