Destin man faces murder charges after heroin death

Published 10/20 2016 05:01PM

Updated 10/20 2016 05:01PM

William Kendall
William Kendall

A Destin man is charged with murder after he allegedly convinced his girlfriend to do heroin with him, an action that led to her death, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.

William Tylor Kendall, 30, of the 4000 block of Indian Bayou Trail is being held in Kentucky awaiting extradition back to Okaloosa County where he faces active warrants for committing murder while engaged in a felony offense.

On Dec, 16 2015, Kendall and  28-year old Barbara Thomas did heroin together and she later died.

Investigators said in a news release that Kendall met Thomas last fall at a drug rehab center in Kentucky. She was released November 28th and headed to a second recovery center/ halfway house in West Palm Beach Florida

On December 10th Kendall traveled to West Palm Beach and convinced Thomas to leave the half-way house there and travel with him back to Destin to live.

"Kendall says both he and Thomas had been addicted to heroin over the years, but at the time of her departure from West Palm Beach she had sober for 55 days," officials wrote in a news release. "On December 15th Kendall persuaded the victim to use heroin with him saying, “'There is no greater high than getting high together with the one you love for the first time.'” 

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