A 22-year-old Etowah County woman apparently overdosed on the date-rape drug GHB, and the man who allegedly gave it to her has been charged with murder.
Sheriff Todd Entrekin and District Attorney Jimmie Harp said Nita Michelle Clayborn apparently died from an overdose of the drug she was given after she was lured to a party at 39 Pine Road in the Whorton Bend community.
Shawne Rust Farrar
, 37, and Jeremy Gale Houghtalling
, 32, both of 39 Pine Road, are linked to the death of Clayborn, whose body was found Tuesday afternoon wrapped in a blanket in the backseat of her silver Chevrolet Cavalier.
Farrar is charged with murder, first-degree rape and abuse of a corpse. Houghtalling is charged with abuse of a corpse and hindering prosecution. Farrar is being held on a $100,000 cash bond, and Houghtalling is being held on a $25,000 cash bond. The abuse of the corpse charge is a result of moving her body after she died.
Clayborn worked at the Rainbow Food Mart and closed the convenience store about 10:20 p.m. Monday.
Farrar told authorities he talked her into coming to his house to a party after she got off work that night.
"This was very out of character for her," Entrekin said.
Once they got to the house, Farrar allegedly gave Clayborn the GHB without telling her what it was
. It was apparently about a half-ounce of the clear, odorless liquid.
After that, Farrar had sex with Clayborn, and several hours later she apparently died from the overdose
, Entrekin said. She also was given the prescription drug Klonopin
without knowing what it was, he said.
"Klonopin is one of the most dangerous drugs to mix with GHB," Entrekin said.
About 10 a.m. Tuesday, Farrar got Houghtalling to help him, and they wrapped Clayborn's body in a blanket off a couch, put it in the backseat of her car
and drove the car about three miles to the parking lot of the old Tracy J's Cycles.
Clayborn's mother, who was babysitting Clayborn's 17-month-old child, called the sheriff's department between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. Tuesday to report her daughter missing, Entrekin said.
A deputy found the car about 3:50 p.m. Tuesday, abandoned in the parking lot.
"I think they left it somewhere so someone would find her," Entrekin said.
The investigation soon turned to Farrar because he had been in the store just before it closed.
Deputies and investigators raided his house about 3 a.m. Wednesday, and several significant pieces of evidence were seized, Entrekin said.