ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office have arrested a Lufkin man accused in the overdose death of a Huntington woman who he believed had "snitched" on him years earlier.
Jerry Wayne Pixley, 49, is charged with third-degree retaliation.
According to an arrest affidavit, the investigation began on Sept. 23, when a Texas Ranger spoke to an investigator with the sheriff's office about the death of Amie Malone, 35. The Ranger said there were rumors circulating in the community that Malone's death may not have been an accidental overdose.
Evidence later showed Malone had been with Pixley before she had overdosed.
One investigator's sources suggested Malone's death may not have been accidental, but that Pixley "did it to her." One informant said Pixley had been bragging about it because Malone had snitched on him in the past.
"There is an area of secrecy in that culture," Lt. Brett Maisel said. "They like to keep information to themselves which makes it hard to get some of this information."
The affidavit states one investigator received text messages from Pixley between midnight and 1 a.m. on Sept. 6, stating Pixley was buying heroine for Malone in the area of Paul Street. The investigator was off-duty and did not notice the messages from Pixley when they were sent.
The affidavit states Pixley was working as an undercover informant.
"Anytime an investigator is involved in a complicated case, you look back on the case, "If I had only known something at a certain period of time, then the case might of had a different outcome," Maisel said.
The affidavit provides several witnesses alleging Pixley had given Malone two "hot shots," which are a combination of heroine and meth and known to be given at times to harm the person receiving the injection, to retaliate against her because she had snitched on him years before and put him in prison.
A 911 call documents Pixley saying he was requesting an ambulance for Malone because she was having problems breathing and she did not have her inhaler and that he was taking her to the hospital.
Malone was admitted to an emergency room for a heroin overdose and died of respiratory and cardiac failure on Sept. 22, when the family made the decision to take her off life support.
Deputies obtained a warrant for Pixley's arrest on Dec. 12. He was served the warrant in the Angelina County Jail, where he has been held since Oct. 7 on unrelated charges.
"The thing that we take away from this case is rahter or not the person had a substance abuse problem, Amie Malone didn't deserve to die the way she died," maisel said. "She is a mother and she deserves the same respect and the same level of investigation."