Natasha Stewart, of suburban Memphis, Tenn., was found guilty Friday in Jackson, Miss., in the death of 37-year-old Karima Gordon of Atlanta. Stewart an adult entertainer known as Pebbelz Da Model was found guilty of culpable negligence manslaughter and conspiracy to commit culpable negligence manslaughter. However, Stewart was cleared of charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Stewart took a $200 referral fee from the alleged injector and falsely represented the injector as a certified nurse.
All this stems from the death of Karima Gordon in March 2012 from blood clots in her lungs after receiving a back-alley silicone injection from Tracey Lynn Garner. Lynn Gardner is also charged with depraved-heart murder in the deaths of Gordon and another woman, Marilyn Hale of Selma, Ala. She has pleaded not guilty. Her trial is scheduled for March.
This is just one case in a growing list of instances where an insecure woman was willing to do anything by any means to get the body she wanted, just as vice.com has highlighted on the underground black market for these type of butt injections. The buttocks injections that ultimately killed Karima Gordon were meant to correct previously botch black market butt enhancements. Stewart testified that she didn’t do it for money but that she genuinely was just trying to help an insecure woman with her body image issues.
A friend of Karima Gordon, Anglean Barber testified during the trial that she and Gordon flew out to New York to meet Stewart at a party she was hosting, and that indeed Stewart referred them to Gardner. She said that they both wanted to get the same type of butt enhancement in hopes of being able to break into the hip hop industry. However, Barber backed out of getting the butt injections after meeting the alleged injector Tracy Lynn Garder. She stated she became unsettled by the appearance of Garner, who was born a man named Morris Gardner before having gender reassignment surgery. Barber also testified that Gordon got sick immediately after receiving the injection shots.
Jurors in this case chose to go with an option given by the judge to go with lesser charges and found her guilty of conspiracy to commit culpable negligence manslaughter instead of convicting Stewart with depraved heart murder, or conspiracy to commit depraved- heart murder, which carries with it a maximum of life in prison.
At the verdict, Stewart remained calm and showed little emotion. During the trial Stewart testified that that the woman was really a registered nurse and was a client of the nurse for the past seven years, receiving over 20 butt injections during that period.
“She told me that she was an RN,” Stewart testified.
But Patrick Beasley, a prosecutor with the Mississippi attorney general’s office, said someone would have to be “dumb” not to know Garner wasn’t a nurse when she used veterinary syringes and sealed the injection sites with cotton balls and glue.
Emails dating all the way to 2010, that were introduced Friday in Stewart’s case showed that Gordon was a fan of Stewart buttocks and seemed insistent that Gordon assist her on her quest to obtain the body she always wanted.
“I won’t give up my mission to ultimately achieve a tastefully great butt enhancement,” Gordon wrote in one of the messages.
During closing arguments, Stewart’s attorney, Kevin Camp, said that the jury should find his client not guilty because “nobody knew that this situation was going to cause any imminent death.”
Prosecutors, however, argued that Stewart charged money and lied when she told Gordon that the woman performing the injections was a registered nurse.
Stewart faces up to 20 years in prison for each charge. A sentencing date has not yet been set.