CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- A Roane County woman who died after taking two doses of LSD could be the first reported acid-related fatality in the state and one of the few documented globally.
Prosecutors are still awaiting toxicology results to make that distinction.
An autopsy hasn't been completed on Renee Honaker, 30, of Left Hand, who died last week. Lab results for the acid strips she allegedly took aren't back yet either, Roane County Prosecuting Attorney Josh Downey said on Saturday.
Police charged Renee's husband, Todd Anthony Honaker, 34, with first-degree murder after the couple apparently each took two hits of LSD on March 1. Renee later fell to the floor, began convulsing and died.
Police also charged Chad M. Renzelman, 32, of Kennewick, Wash., the chemist they said manufactured the drug, with first-degree murder. He is being held in jail awaiting extradition to West Virginia.
Downey said although he hasn't seen the lab results, he believes there's enough probable cause to show that Renee died after ingesting the drug.
"If the stuff comes back differently we have to analyze the case," he said. "But based on what Todd Honaker told us, it was the acid."
His office received a limited statement from Renzelman in Washington, he said. State Police would travel to extradite Renzelman no later than March 14.
Downey said his initial research into LSD-related fatalities hasn't returned very many reported cases. There are few documented around the world and those rarely have resulted in criminal prosecution.
His inquiry into the case has focused more on LSD's destructive and possibly fatal side affects.