A preliminary hearing for felony charges of first degree murder and distribution of controlled substances brought the alleged perpetrator to Carter County Detention Center this week.
Last month, the Carter County District Attorney’s office requested a writ of habeas corpus for Howard Timken, Jr. for charges related to distribution of methamphetamine and heroin and the death of 33-year-old Kimberly Ford in May of 2017.
Ford and several others had been arrested in February 2017 as part of an alleged prison kingpin’s drug ring. Documents filed in Carter County District Court by the state’s Attorney General’s office in May 2018 after the completion of an inquiry by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation allege that Timken sold Ford the substance which later led to her death.
Timken was incarcerated in Stephens County, Oklahoma, for 13 other drug-related charges, in addition to previous convictions for possession with intent to distribute and manufacturing controlled substances in 2012.
The previous court records indicated Timken would be held on a one million dollar bond on the Carter County charges. Tuesday’s initial appearance hearing, however, resulted in bond being denied in the matter. The preliminary conference in the case has been set for November 1, 2018.