UPDATE: Woman Charged with Murder in Drug Overdose Death

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 5/14/14 @ 11p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A woman from Huntington has been arraigned for first degree murder after police she injected a fatal dose of narcotics into another woman.

Huntington Police arrested Misty Dawn Chapman, 27, on Wednesday.

Investigators say Racheal Chaney, 28, was found dead at her home in the 300 block of West 5th Avenue on Feb. 7.

An autopsy by the West Virginia State Medical Examiner’s Office found that determined Chaney died from an overdose/over intoxication of several narcotics.

Investigators say Chapman used a hypodermic needle to inject Chaney with narcotics.

According to the criminal complaint, Chapman confessed to giving Chaney the drugs.

During an interview Wednesday night, Chapman told WSAZ.com, "We had done Roxys and we popped, we took by mouth Xanaxs. She went to shoot herself up with a Roxy 15. She missed. She couldn't hit herself, so she asked me then to help her, in which I did, ok. We hit blood, ok. At the point that I hit blood, she injected herself, ok. After that, we went to dinner at the Mexican restaurant, we priced tattoos, we went to my house, we hung out, we drove around for, I couldn't tell you how long. The last text message on her phone went out at 1:32 a.m, ok, and I was already asleep."

Chapman said she was surprised she was charged with murder.

The delivery of a controlled substance escalates the charge to felony murder, according to a news release.

Chapman told WSAZ.com, "We didn't do it all the time. It was a very random here and there thing. Maybe once a month. Maybe twice a month. It was never an all-the-time thing. And you know, when you see people using drugs every single day, you expect that to happen to them. But not somebody that didn't do it all the time."

Chapman says that she and Chaney had been together going on four years.

"I would do anything to bring her back. It was my best friend," Chapman said.

She said the thing she has learned from all of this is, "Don't take life for granted. Let somebody know every day that you love them. And make sure that you always tell them. The biggest regret I have is that I know when she died that I know that she loved me. But I ask every day if she knew that I loved her. I never want to lose anyone else in my life and wonder if they knew that I loved them."

If convicted, Chapman faces up to life in prison.

She is being held in the Western Regional jail.



ORIGINAL STORY 5/14/14 @ 8 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A woman from Huntington was arrested Wednesday evening on a first-degree felony murder charge after Huntington Police say she injected a fatal dose of narcotics into another woman.

Misty Dawn Chapman, 27, allegedly used a hypodermic needle to inject narcotics into 28-year-old Racheal Chaney, who was found dead at her home in the 300 block of West 5th Avenue on Feb. 7, according to an HPD news release.

Chaney was taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

An autopsy by the West Virginia State Medical Examiner’s Office determined to be a result of an overdose/over intoxication of several narcotics.

Police said the narcotics were injected into Chaney's bloodstream just hours prior to her death.

The delivery of a controlled substance escalates the charge to felony murder, police say.

Chapman is expected to be arraigned later Wednesday night in Cabell County Magistrate Court.

If convicted of the first-degree felony murder charge, Chapman faces up to life in prison.

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