BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge man faces a murder charge after allegedly giving a synthetic marijuana-filled cigar to two victims.
East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Officers responded to a possible overdose of a male and female victim at a Motel 6 on 10445 Reiger Road in August 2015. The victims were transported to a local hospital, however, the male victim died while undergoing treatment.
According to an affidavit from the EBRSO, witnesses saw a male, later identified as 20-year-old OJ Bonds, entering the victim's motel room and leaving with a backpack.
Authorities made contact with Bonds and found an open package of synthetic marijuana, also known as Mojo, on his person. When questioned, Bonds said he offered to trade the victims a Mojo-filled cigar in exchange for a regular one. He continued by saying that both victims inhaled from the Mojo-filled cigar and began foaming at the mouth.
Bonds also admitted to stealing a backpack from the victim's room as they experienced medical emergencies.
After her recovery, the female victim was able to confirm what Bonds told authorities and picked him out of a photo lineup.
In February 2016, the EBR coroner's report into the male victim's cause of death was released, which points to an accidental death caused, in part, by smoking Mojo.
Bonds as arrested and faces a 2nd degree murder charge as well as possession with intent to distribute schedule 1 drugs.