CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Prosecutors are still awaiting medical examiners' reports to determine what killed a Roane County woman who died after taking two hits of LSD.
The woman's husband and the man who allegedly made the psychedelic drug are in jail awaiting indictment.
The case against the men wasn't presented to a Roane County grand jury during sessions last week, county prosecutor Joshua Downey said Saturday. The State Medical Examiner's Office is taking time and being thorough with the autopsy to determine what killed Renee Honaker, 30, of Left Hand, he said.
"I have been in touch with them but there are no results we can release publicly at this time," Downey said.
The case hinges on whether Renee Honaker died from a lethal dose of LSD or from some preexisting medical condition.
Todd Anthony Honaker, 34, was charged with first-degree murder after telling police he gave his wife two hits of LSD on March 1. Police also filed a first-degree murder charge against Chad Michael Renzelman, 32, of Kennewick, Wash., a chemist at a nuclear power plant who allegedly manufactured and mailed the LSD strips to the couple.
Honaker's death could be the first reported acid-related fatality in the state and one of the few documented worldwide. Downey said he's received several emails and phone calls from people around the country who are following the story.
They are all eager to find out what will happen to the men, he said.
"We understand how it got some attention but this is a serious case," he said. "We can't forget that a young lady lost her life and a young child lost her mother."
Downey said the next grand jury would meet in September. If the autopsy report is returned before then, he would consider asking for the grand jury to meet sooner, he said.
Todd Honaker has a bail set at $50,000 cash. Renzelman has not had an arraignment hearing because his case is tied up in Washington state, Downey said. Both men are in Central Regional Jail. Honaker is represented by the Roane County Public Defender's Office, and Charleston attorney Kevin Hughart is representing Renzelman.
Downey said he hasn't seen the lab results but he believes there's enough probable cause to show that Renee died after ingesting the drug.
LSD affects serotonin receptors in the brain and can cause serious long-term side effects. It's manufactured in amateur laboratories around the country and federal Drug Enforcement Agency officials have warned that LSD manufacturers vary in their experience and with the chemicals they use.
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