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          "Falsely Accused of Murder and Now My Life is Spiraling out of Control"

          July 07, 2015

          Kezia says she is desperate to get help for her daughter, Derica, 27, who she says has spiraled out of control since witnessing her best friend’s murder nearly a year ago — and then being wrongly accused of the crime. Derica says even though the charges were dropped, she has struggled to cope and turned to drugs. Now, with a baby on the way, can she get her life back on track?

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          Falsely Accused of Murder

          Derica says on the night her best friend, Will, was murdered, a gunman stormed into Will’s room while he and Derica were in bed, talking, and opened fire. She says she was then kidnapped and held against her will for several hours, until a SWAT team rescued her. After being questioned by police, she thought she would be freed, but instead was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. After six days behind bars, the charges were dropped, and she was released.

          Derica says life at home was rough. “It was still so fresh in the media … I just kind of stayed away,” she says. “People on social media were very ugly. People called me a murderer, a whore, crackhead, worthless piece of scum.” She adds, “I feel like Will’s murder is going to haunt me for the rest of my life.”

          Derica recalls the fateful night and how she says Will saved her life.

          “All of a sudden, you get this phone call: ‘I’ve been charged with murder.’ What goes through a mother’s mind at that moment?”

          Drug Abuse … and a Baby on Board

          Derica says she began experimenting with drugs when she was 14, drinking alcohol and smoking pot, and by 15 and 16, she had moved onto harder drugs like cocaine and ecstasy. “My drug of choice is meth,” she admits. “I’ve been using methamphetamines for three years.” She says for the last six months, she has been using meth intravenously — but she stopped once she learned she was pregnant. “I’m approximately seven to eight weeks pregnant,” she says. “I’ve been sober for about five weeks.” She admits she still smokes cigarettes and says she’s worried she won’t be able to stay clean. “There’s a part of me [that asks], ‘Do I want to stay sober?’”

          “Do you take any ownership for being in a situation where you were in harm’s way?” And, is Kezia making excuses for her daughter?

          Tune in to hear Dr. Phil’s sobering wake-up call for Derica about the effects of smoking during pregnancy. Will it make an impact?

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