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Ex-teacher's aide accused in 4 drug-related deaths

By Associated Press
Published On: Jul 09 2013 05:09:24 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 09 2013 05:24:05 PM CDT

KMGH-TV / www.thedenverchannel.com

Almeda Sullivan

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -

A former Denver-area teacher's aide has been arrested after four people associated with her died between 2008 and 2011 after mixing drugs.

Fifty-year-old Almeda Sullivan, of Centennial, was held without bond Tuesday in Arapahoe County on charges including drug distribution and first-degree murder. Jail records didn't list her lawyer.
    
Court documents obtained by KUSA-TV in Denver show Sullivan worked as a bus driver and teacher's aide for the Cherry Creek School District from late 2003 to mid-May 2005.
    
Investigators say 21-year-old Carter Lee Higdon, 19-year-old Sierra Renee Cochran, 28-year-old Lindsey Jo Saidy, and 20-year-old Martynas "Tez" Simanskas all had drug-related deaths after associating with Sullivan.
    
An arrest affidavit says that after Higdon died in 2011, Sullivan allegedly told investigators she sometimes sold her prescription drugs to survive financially.

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