JAY — A man accused of recording a woman’s death after injecting her with methamphetamine has died in jail.
An investigation into the death of Brian Edward Anderson, 51, of Disney will be handled by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, said Delaware County Sheriff Mike Wilkerson, who referred all questions to the OSBI.
The jail staff was alerted that Anderson was suffering some kind of medical episode and called paramedics. He was taken to Grove Integris Hospital, where he died, said OSBI spokeswoman Brook Arbeitman.
The state Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy and determine Anderson’s cause of death, she said.
Anderson was facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of Melissa Vermillion, 41. He and his wife, Allie Beth Anderson, 43, were accused of injecting Vermillion with meth and video recording her death.
Authorities think Anderson might have injected her with the drugs in the hope that it would prevent her from testifying about the Andersons’ alleged criminal activity, according to an arrest affidavit.
A video discovered by investigators shows Vermillion on Oct. 21, 2017, repeatedly asking for help and crying out for her mother after she was injected with meth. Allie Anderson’s voice reportedly could be heard on the videotape, but her face was not visible.
Authorities were not called to the residence until an hour after Vermillion’s death.
Allie Anderson is also charged with first-degree murder in Vermillion’s death. She remains in jail without bond.