Two people charged with murder after Kay County man’s overdose

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OSAGE COUNTY, Okla. - A mother is finally getting justice, nearly three years after her son overdosed. The two people who allegedly gave him the drugs are now charged with his murder.

Shandi Deboard and Jason Herman are both charged with the first-degree murder of 22-year-old Christopher Urban, who overdosed in February of 2016.

According to court documents, he met people in a home in Osage County, where "Shandi Deboard and Jason Herman brought a substantial quantity of methamphetamines."

When he didn't come home that night, Chris' mother, Lisa Urban, called his phone.

"His girlfriend answered the phone and was crying, and saying that Chris wasn't breathing," Lisa said.

He died at a nearby hospital. However, the case didn't end there.

Deputies said that's because this was unlike many other overdose investigations.

"Most of the time, it's virtually impossible to find and locate the individual that provided the drugs," said Osage County Deputy Justin Kline. "In this particular case, we had several witnesses."

The affidavit states, "Jason Herman admitted to bringing pure methamphetamine to the residence and providing Chris Urban with methamphetamine hours before he died," and that Deboard said to witnesses, "'Oh my God, I killed him' and 'I'm to blame for Chris Urban's death.'"

After Urban's death, deputies said the two fled.

"We were able to discover how they got away from the house, where they hid, who they called to come pick them up, and then where they fled to afterwards,"  Kling said.

Even if they never intended for him to die, deputies said the two are guilty of murder because Urban died as a result of the other felony they allegedly committed, giving him the meth.

It's a small amount of solace for Lisa, who promised her son justice, and pushed the investigation forward since the beginning.

"Be responsible for what they caused," Lisa said. "Be responsible for the death of my son."

Shandi Deboard pleaded not guilty. She is out of jail on a $50,000 bond. News 4 reached out to her for comment but she has not responded.

A warrant has been issued for Jason Herman, who is currently incarcerated in Kansas on other charges. News 4 reached out to his last known attorney and have also not heard back.

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