Carter County drug dealer pleads guilty to second degree murder

Sierra Rains
Howard Timken, Jr.

Almost three years after the death of Kimberly Ford, the drug dealer who reportedly sold her lethal doses of heroin and meth has plead guilty to two related Carter County charges.

Howard C. Timken Jr., now 38, was charged with first degree murder, and an alternative count for second degree murder in May of 2018.

According to Carter County court documents, on Jan. 23, 2020, Timken accepted a plea agreement, pleading guilty to the lesser charge of second degree murder and distribution of a controlled dangerous substance.

Timken was sentenced to 10 years in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections for both counts, without any credit for his time served. The counts are set to run concurrently, meaning he will spend 20 years in the custody of the department of corrections. 85% of the sentence has to be imposed before Timken is eligible for parole.

The two Carter County felony counts will also run concurrently with Timken’s previous sentences in multiple 2018 Stephens County drug-related felony cases—two of which include life imprisonment in the department of corrections for trafficking in illegal drugs and possession of a firearm after a former felony conviction.

Court records state that Timken knowingly distributed 1.5 grams of methamphetamine and a gram of heroin to 33-year-old Kimberly Ford in May of 2017. Only hours after the sale, somewhere between Milo and Fox, Ford reportedly injected the drugs and 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 that Ford’s cause of death was methamphetamine toxicity.

At the time, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation had been conducting drug ring busts that involved Ford and several others in Carter County. The year-long investigation included 26 law enforcement officers from multiple agencies and several Oklahoma counties.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter filed multiple felony charges after the investigation was completed and turned over to his office, including those against Timken.