Woman Charged With Murder After Prisoner Dies Following Visitation Kiss

Woman Charged With Murder After Prisoner Dies Following Visitation Kiss

A Tennessee woman was arrested and charged with murder after a man she visited in prison died after kissing her. Rachel Dollard, 33, went to the Turney Center Industrial Complex in Only to visit Joshua Brown in February. He died hours after the visit ended.

Tennessee Department of Corrections
Joshua Brown
  1. Dollard was passing drugs to Brown. In a statement published by the Tennessee Department of Corrections, Dollard was “observed passing drugs” to Brown as they kissed. Brown was serving an 11-year sentence on drug-related charges at the time.
  2. Sadly, Brown died of a fatal overdose. Authorities say Brown swallowed a balloon pellet that contained half an ounce of methamphetamine. It would seem as if the balloon burst inside of him, leading him to overdose and eventually die.
  3. Dollard was arrested over the weekend for Brown’s death. Special agents from the Tennessee Department of Corrections and officers from the Dickson County Sheriff’s Department worked together to bring Dollard in on a warrant from a sealed indictment from Hickman County. She was later charged with second-degree murder.
  4. Brown’s death should serve as a warning. David Imhof, director of the TDOC’s Office of Investigations and Conduct, hopes that others will learn from Brown’s passing, as it highlights “the real dangers of introducing contraband into prisons and the consequences that follow.” He added: “Our agency will pursue prosecution against any individual who threatens the safety and security of our staff, the men and women in our custody, and our facilities.”
  5. Dollard could spend up to 60 years behind bars. According to Law & Crime, Dollard does not yet have an attorney. While she has been charged with second-degree murder, which is not said to be premeditated, she could still spend between 15 and 60 years behind bars if convicted. Lucky for her, capital punishment can’t be handed down in this instance.
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