FT. LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – The woman at the center of the so-called ‘fix-a-flat’ case was scheduled to be back in court on Thursday.
O’Neal Ron Morris, who allegedly injected items like fix-a-flat into women’s posteriors, was to be arraigned on charges of medical wrongdoing. Instead her lawyer, entered a written plea of not guilty on her behalf.
Last month Broward Sheriff’s detectives, working with the Florida Department of Health and the Broward State Attorney’s Office, arrested Morris for allegedly giving buttocks injections that were not made of silicone, but rather substances like tire sealant, bathroom caulk, cement, Super Glue and mineral oil.
Morris allegedly performed the procedures on Lournise Linton, 41, of Tampa; Ophelia Parker, 36, of Vero Beach and Tiffany Kennedy, 36 of Lauderhill.
Linton and Parker alleged they met Morris on May 26, 2009 at a Motel 6 on Dania Beach Blvd. Both women told detectives Morris wore a nurse’s uniform, gloves, and had a photo ID around the neck.
One of the victims said the substance being injected was stored in a Pedialyte bottle. The other victim said she couldn’t remove the cotton ball placed over the injection wound due to the Super Glue that was used to seal the wound. The women said they paid between $3,000 to $4,000 for the work.
Kennedy allegedly had the procedure done on March 16 when Morris allegedly came to Kennedy’s home. Kennedy told detectives that the injections cost her $1,000.
The three women said they developed medical complications and infections that forced them to seek medical attention.
Morris was originally arrested in November 2011 for allegedly performing the enhancement procedures without a license. One person almost died after allegedly being injected with the same materials.
The State Attorney’s office said Thursday they received word that one of Morris’ victims, 30-year old Shatarka Nuby, died last month while serving a two and half year federal prison sentence in Tallahassee. Nuby and another woman were convicted of using a stolen identity to pay for bigger breast implants and liposuction. Nuby’s sister Shira Thompson said she believes the injections her sister received from Morris in 2007 and 2008 poisoned her blood and led to a chronic lung disease. The family has retained a lawyer and they are waiting for a final autopsy report to determine the cause of death.
Morris, who was born a man, turned herself in on March 12 to face charges of practicing medicine without a license and practicing medicine without a license resulting in serious injury.
The Florida Department of Health said anyone who believes they are a victim of Morris should contact either their local law enforcement agency or the FDH’s Unlicensed Activity Program at 1-877-425-8852