Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Public safety

Hernando woman charged with murder in overdose death

BROOKSVILLE — Meghan Jean White is serving five years in state prison for injecting a 16-year-old girl with a powerful painkiller last year.

Now White, 38, is charged with first-degree murder and accused of committing an eerily similar crime in which someone died.

A media release from the Hernando Sheriff's Office gives this account:

On Aug. 31, 2012, detectives were called to investigate a death at the Microtel Inn on Nature Coast Boulevard in Spring Hill. Investigators confirmed that Krista Rodgers died of a drug overdose.

White admitted to injecting her with an illegal narcotic. White's injection, investigators say, killed her.

The case was presented to a grand jury on Nov. 20. On Wednesday, White, who has used the last names Hughes and Hughes-White, was picked up from the Lowell Correctional Institute in Ocala on a murder warrant and booked into the Hernando County Detention Center. She is being held without bail.

An arrest affidavit states White is disabled and lists a mailing address for her on Thistlebrook Lane, east of Brooksville.

The Sheriff's Office did not provide additional details about the case, including Rodgers' age or where she lived. The indictment was not immediately available Wednesday evening.

In May 2012, White injected Dilaudid, or hydromorphone, into the arm of a 16-year-old girl while they were staying at a Days Inn east of Brooksville. She pleaded guilty to aggravated child abuse in May and was sentenced to five years in prison.

The teen did not require medical attention after the incident.

Records show White has been arrested a dozen times in Florida, with convictions for drug possession and resisting arrest.

Times news researcher Natalie Watson contributed to this report.

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