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Neighbors tell us the 46 year victim: Melanie Davis was a single mother that was full of life-
They tell us there were no signs that serious problems were going on in her household.
Everyone who knew Melanie Davis knew she loved to train for triathlons
Tanya Porter says, “She was just so happy and stayed so to her rigid schedule by her trainer and didn't miss a beat of doing everything she needed to do to try to win her challenges.”
But early Saturday morning she would not show up for a scheduled bike ride....
The Sumner County Sheriff's Department says just after midnight they received a 9-1-1 call that a 16 year old male was awakened by a fire alarm and made a gruesome discovery.
Sheriff Sonny Weatherford says, “When he went he went to wake the family members - his mother and his brother his brother was not able to be found and his mother was covered in blood.”
When deputies arrived on the scene they found the house was full of smoke and Melanie Davis had been killed with a blunt object.
Detectives tracked down Davis's 15 year old son by surveillance video at this Thorton's gas station and towers to find his cell phone that he threw in a field behind the Thorton's detectives arrested him walking down nearby Browns Road.
But it was his nonchalant demeanor during a confession that detectives found strange.
Sheriff Weatherford says, “He even had a smile occasionally about some of the statements that he made but like I said it was just a bad situation.”
Tanya Porter says she has known Melanie for 5 years- they went house shopping in this neighborhood after Melanie's husband died of Lou Gherig's Disease.
She describes Melanie's boys as sweet- both have been to her home she says she never would imagine the youngest would do something like this.
Porter says, “You never heard of anything that she had issues with him he was just a quiet kid- didn't talk a lot not really social.”
She says now, like many others she is left with a lot of questions and several memories of a good friend.
Porter says, “My heart just breaks for them and Melanie had a lot of life in her - a lot of life in her and she was just so active.”
The Sheriff tells us the son does not have a criminal history-
He is being held in a juvenile cell at the Sumner County Jail on suicide watch until his court date on Tuesday.
Sunday, August 12 2012, 10:12 AM CDT
Pharmacist admits misbranding dialysis drugs
May 21, 2013 21:08 GMT
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A Tennessee pharmacist has admitted distributing a misbranded Chinese-made drug that was given to kidney dialysis patients in Kansas.
The U.S. Attorney's office says 53-year-old Robert Harshbarger Jr., of Kingsport, Tenn., pleaded guilty Tuesday in Topeka to one count each of distributing a misbranded drug and health care fraud.
Harshbarger admitted that from 2004 to 2009, he substituted a cheaper Chinese import for an iron sucrose drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The drugs were given to patients of Kansas Dialysis Services. Prosecutors say there were no reports of harm, but patients were put at risk because the FDA could not assure the drugs' effectiveness and safety.
Harshbarger's plea deal calls for four years in prison, restitution of nearly $849,000 and a forfeiture of $425,000.
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