Man Now Faces Murder Charges In Konawa Drug Deaths

Tuesday, May 17th 2011, 5:13 pm
By: News 9

Gan Matthews, News9

ADA, Oklahoma -- Murder charges have now been filed against a man accused of supplying a synthetic drug that killed two people at a Konawa party.

Twenty-year-old Cody Weddle appeared at an arraignment Tuesday afternoon in connection with the deaths of Stacy Jewell and Andrew Ackerman. The District Attorney says state law will only allow him to charge Weddle with second-degree murder.

But friends and relatives of Weddle say he's not guilty of anything, except being stupid. Nevertheless, the judge told Weddle he will remain in jail without bond for the time being.

Weddle's supporters helped fill the small courtroom. Several of them wore t-shirts that said "Free Cody." Some of Weddle's friends had the same slogan painted on their vehicles. Afterwards they said the murder charges are unjust.

"I'm trying to make the point that he's not a bad guy," says Brittany Gipson, friend of Weddle. 
"He didn't mean for this to happen. He would never hurt anybody. It's not fair."

"My little brother is a very good person, and I do not believe he should be involved in all this," says Bobbie Gillespie, Weddle's brother-in-law. "He's not a chemist. He did not make the stuff. He's a computer geek. He's one of the best guys I know."

The District Attorney says he's asked his state Senator to try to change the law so that in the future people who do what Weddle is accused of doing can be charged with first degree murder.