Accused killer had multiple drug sources

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An Oct. 4 preliminary hearing has been set for a Centennial woman who is accused in the overdose death of one man and is allegedly linked to the deaths of three others.

Almeda Beth Sullivan appeared in Arapahoe County District Court on July 15, facing one count of first-degree murder with “extreme indifference” in the death of 21-year-old Carter Lee Higdon, who died of a drug overdose in her home on Oct. 1, 2011.

But the 50-year-old former teacher’s aide is also allegedly linked to the 2008 overdose deaths of Sierra Renee Cochran, 19; Lindsey Jo Saidy, 28; and Martynas “Tez” Simankas, 20.

Known to many, including the overdose victims, as “Ally,” Sullivan is accused of selling large quantities of prescription drugs to students, then mixing bizarre combinations that, according to one of Higdon’s friends interviewed by investigators, would push people to the brink of what their bodies could physically handle and then would try “to bring them back.”

Records obtained from Colorado’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program by investigators show Sullivan had multiple sources for obtaining excessive amounts of narcotics, totaling more than 21,000 pills from 2007-11.

It’s thought that Sullivan used the name of a co-worker to obtain drugs, obtained additional pills from one of her doctors for cash payments off the books, and filled prescriptions for her husband, Charles Sullivan, months after his death.

Records collected during a 2011 search of Sullivan’s home show she held an associate’s degree in respiratory care, and obtained a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University in health care administration.

Transcripts indicate she had specialized training in anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, respiratory care and respiratory pharmacology, as well as courses in advanced cardiac life support.

Investigators state that Sullivan forged a last will and testament, along with insurance forms, after her husband, Charles Sullivan, died in 201o. A separate case has been filed in connection with those allegations.

Sullivan was employed by the Cherry Creek School District from 2003 to 2005 as a bus driver and teacher’s aide.

She is being held without bond in the Arapahoe County jail.