Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter filed multiple felony charges after an OSBI investigation was turned over to his office.
An arrest warrant was filed with the Carter County Sheriff’s office for Howard C. Timken Jr., 36. According to Carter County District Court records, the charging documents in the case offer two possible charges, one for first degree murder, with an alternative count for second degree murder. The information filed alleges that Timken knowingly distributed methamphetamine and heroin to Kimberly Ford, which directly resulted in Ford’s death. In May of 2017, Timken allegedly sold methamphetamine and heroin to 33-year-old Kimberly Ford. Somewhere between Milo and Fox, Ford allegedly injected the drugs, then complained of not feeling  well. Ford was taken to Mercy Hospital in Ardmore, where she later died. The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office determined Ford's cause of death was methamphetamine toxicity.  
A second felony count was filed along with the murder charges in which the State Attorney General alleges that Timken knowingly distributed methamphetamine and heroin, which are Schedule I and Schedule II controlled substances under Title 63 of the statutes of the State of Oklahoma.
The penalties for the charge of murder in the first degree is statutorily imprisonment with the Department of Corrections for a term no less than life, but not exceeding life without the possibility of parole. The alternative count of murder in the second degree carries a penalty of imprisonment for a term not less than ten years but not exceeding life, but as enhanced by Title 21-51.1, could carry imprisonment for a term not less than 20 years, but not exceeding life. The second felony count of Distribution of CDS holds penalties of imprisonment for not less than five years but not exceeding life, a fine of not more than $20,000 or both such fine and imprisonment. That charge and penalty, as enhanced by Title 21-51.1, could carry a longer sentence of a term not less than 15 years but not exceeding life.
Court documents show Timken has a history of previous felony convictions, as well, in Stephens County. Those convictions were both drug related, one for possession with intent to distribute in August 2012 and the other for manufacturing CDS in the same time frame.
Timken was not picked up in a February 2017 alleged drug ring bust that involved Ford and several others in Carter County. Those involved with that bust included Ford and five other women, along with Eric Jackson of Hominy. The year-long investigation in that case included 26 law enforcement officers across multiple agencies and several Oklahoma counties. Timken was, however, charged with 13 drug-related felonies in Stephens County in March and April 2018. Stephens County District Attorney Jason M. Hicks filed four felony counts in district court, including aggravated trafficking in illegal drugs (methamphetamine), trafficking in illegal drugs (heroin), Conspiracy to distribute CDS, and acquiring proceeds from drug activity. Bond was set in that case in Stephens County at $500,000 with the preliminary hearing conference set for June 6, 2018. Detailed records for the other nine felony counts were not available prior to press time. Those charges include trafficking in illegal drugs after two or more previous felony convictions, possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute after two or more previous felony convictions, possession of a firearm after former felony conviction, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony after previous felony conviction, possession of proceeds from drug activity after previous felony conviction, breaking and entering a dwelling without permission, eluding a police officer, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license.
Timken was already in custody at the Stephens County Jail for unrelated charges. Timken will be moved to the Carter County Jail and will be held on a one million dollar bond.