3 charged in Ardmore teen's death

By: Sara Humphrey Email
By: Sara Humphrey Email

ARDMORE, OK - The case of the new years day death of 15-year-old Ardmore girl is still not closed.

Carter County District Attorney Craig Ladd said the three defendants have been charged with manslaughter, but only one, 20-year-old Jessica Todd of Ardmore accepted her preliminary hearing.

Dillon Porterfield of Healdton and Britton Hobbs of Wilson, both 20, decided to wave their rights to their hearing last Thursday.

15-year-old Samantha Ozment died Jan. 1 around 6 a.m. at a home in Wilson, where the four had allegedly been a few hours before a 9-11 call was made.

The teens allegedly purchased a inhalant at a local grocery store.

Ladd said the defendants encouraged Ozment, who was a minor, to abuse the intoxicating substance, which ultimately led to her death.

"The autopsy came back showing what her cause of death was and it was because of a substance found in inhalants," Ladd said.

Ladd said the defendants will be required to return to the Carter County Courthouse later this year or early next year.

"The base allegation in this case is that she died as a result as inhalants," Ladd said. "And those inhalants were allegedly provided to her by the defendants."

Ladd said all three are facing four years to life in prison if convicted.


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