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article imageMemphis hip-hop model faces murder charge in butt-implant death

By Yukio Strachan     Jan 8, 2013 in Crime
Memphis - A Memphis hip-hop model, known for photos and videos featuring her 48-inch backside, faces a charge of murder after an Atlanta military veteran, an aspiring model, died during a botched backroom butt-implant procedure.
The Shelby County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that deputies with the Fugitive Apprehension Team arrested 39-year-old Natasha Stewart, a.k.a. the “Pebbelz Da Model” at her Memphis residence on Thursday, Jan. 3. (Warning explicit content on "Pebbelz Da Model" website)
According to various bios online, Stewart is 5'3". Measurements: 34D-26-48
According to ABC 24 in Memphis, Tenn., she was a fugitive from justice wanted in Jackson, MS by the Hinds County Sheriff's Office for Homicide questioning following an indictment by a Hinds County Grand Jury on one count of murder, one count of wire fraud, one count conspiracy to commit murder and one count conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
“We cannot understate our appreciation to Sheriff Bill Oldham and his team for making this arrest so we can get this defendant to Mississippi to answer to these charges,” said Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, according to WJTV.
The Associated Press reported that she waived extradition and will be returned to Mississippi.
Stewart's arrest is the second in the case involving the death of Karima Gordon, a 37-year-old aspiring model from Georgia, who died at a Atlanta hospital in March.
Investigators have said the silicone-like substance that was injected into Gordon caused blood clots in her lungs and killed her, the AP reported. The Shelby County Sheriff's Office said the concoction allegedly also contained cement.
The person who performed the procedure, Morris Garner, who also goes by the name Tracey Lynn Garner, and who police said was born a man but identifies as a woman, was arrested in September following a six-month investigation by state and federal investigators with the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, United States Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations and the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure.
Hood said 52-year-old Garner performed the procedure at his house in Jackson, Miss. Garner had no training or license to perform the implant procedure, Hood said.
He was charged with depraved-heart murder, which is a legal term for an action that demonstrates a “callous disregard for human life” and results in death. It carries a life sentence.
Connection to fake doc made online
After Garner's arrest, WLBT reported that the connection to the defendant, Garner, was made online; Enter: model Natasha Stewart aka Pebblez Da Model
"This started in a chat room," Hood said in September. "Some woman named Pebbles in New York City, an African American female, she paid $200 to make the connection with Garner here in Jackson."
Gordon, an Atlanta military veteran, met Pebbles in person in New York City and paid her $200 for the referral to Garner, according to Hood.
Karima Gordon’s parents told Atlanta's WSB-TV that their daughter, who was a military veteran, did not need cosmetic surgery.
“She was a model in the Virgin Islands for years. She won a lot of competitions,” Roderick Gordon .
But last spring, she traveled from DeKalb County to Jackson, Mississippi with a friend to receive buttocks implants.
"She and one of her friends traveled here, paid Mr. Garner $1,500 at his address 1020 Peyton Avenue in Jackson to have silicone implants in her buttocks," said Attorney General Hood last September.
The friend who traveled with Gordon to Mississippi also considered having the injections, but was "taken back" by Garner's size and didn't have the $1,500 to pay for it. Hinds County Jail records say Garner is 6 foot 2 and weighs 225 pounds.
Gordon became "violently ill" within 30 minutes of leaving Garner's house in Jackson after the injection, but decided to try to make it home to Georgia before seeking medical treatment.
Her friend called Garner and asked what to do, and he told them to buy some cough medicine, authorities say. She did made it back to metro Atlanta, but died three days later at Southern Regional Hospital.
“We’ve had people practicing medicine without a license, but nothing like this,” Hood told The Mississippi Link last year.
If convicted, Stewart and Garner face up to life in prison.
The Attorney General encourages anyone who may have received a buttocks or breast augmentation from Tracey Garner to call the Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-281-4418.
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