A Jerome woman has pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the first degree in a case in which she was accused of drugging her boyfriend, who was found dead in her home earlier this year.
Laurie Ann Wilkinson pled guilty to the charge Tuesday in Texas County Circuit Court during a plea hearing presided over by Judge Tracie Storie. The case was transferred from Phelps County to Texas County in late October.
Wilkinson had been initially charged with murder in the second degree, a class A felony, but that charge was amended to involuntary manslaughter in the first degree, according to the circuit court.
Wilkinson had also been charged with distributing/delivering/manufacturing/producing or attempt to or possess with intent to distribute/deliver/manufacture/produce a controlled substance, a class B felony, but that charge has been dismissed against her, according to the court.
In early July of this year, Wilkinson was arrested on those initial two charges after a long-term investigation into the discovery of her boyfriend's body on the morning of Feb. 4, 2012.
According to the Phelps County Sheriff's Department, central dispatch in Rolla received a frantic 911 call from Wilkinson, who stated that her boyfriend, 23-year-old Charles Arnold Mennemeyer, was unresponsive and possibly deceased.
Sheriff's deputies and medical personnel responded to her home and and found Mennemeyer dead on a couch as well as a large amount of prescription controlled substances.
An autopsy listed the cause of death as aspiration of gastric contents secondary to polydrug toxicity.