Woman sues oil exec over daughter's drug death

HOUSTON (AP) - The mother of a stripper who died of a cocaine overdose filed a lawsuit today against a Houston oil industry executive.

The lawsuit accuses oil executive Robert Pace Andrews of supplying the drugs and not calling for help immediately when the woman's daughter became ill. Andrews is owner, president and CEO of Houston-based Andrews Technologies, a provider and contractor to the oil industry. His ex-wife is married to Neil Bush, a brother of President Bush.

Geneva Cloud is suing Andrews for $2 million.

He is serving two years' probation after pleading guilty in April to possession of less than a gram of cocaine. He was granted deferred adjudication, which means he will not have a conviction on his record if he successfully complies with the terms of his probation.

Geneva Cloud alleged that Andrews supplied cocaine to her daughter, 19-year-old Jessica Lynn Cloud.

Andrews' attorney, John Spalding, told the Houston Chronicle that his client did not delay summoning help and did not supply the woman with drugs. He called the lawsuit a money grab.

Geneva Cloud's attorney, Neal Cannon, denied money was the only motivation for the lawsuit.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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