Couple Poses For Selfie With Dead Friend, Faces Criminal Charges

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Authorities in Southwest Missouri say that Chelsie Berry and Jared Prier posed for a selfie with the body of a friend who died from a drug overdose.

Berry, 24 and Prier, 26, have been charged with voluntary manslaughter and abandonment of a corpse in the death of Dennis "Nathan" Meyer, 30.

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The pair was taken into police custody after a tipster alerted police to Facebook photos that allegedly show Berry and Prier posing with Meyer's body.

"He certainly appeared to be deceased," Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland said.

According to a probable-cause affidavit, Berry told police she was with Meyer August 21 when he injected himself with Dilaudid, a narcotic pain reliever.

"Chelsie stated that Nathan shot the Dilaudid up into his vein and started acting 'crazy' by pulling his penis out and saying strange things," the affidavit reads.

Berry told police Meyer's bizarre behavior started making her increasingly nervous, so she called Prier, who met up with them a short time later.

At that point, Berry then claims she hung out in the parking lot of a McDonald's restaurant, while Meyer was “passed out” in the vehicle they were using.

The trio later drove to a convenience store, at which time they allegedly checked on Meyer in the front seat and discovered that he was not breathing.

Berry allegedly told police she was afraid to call an ambulance for Meyer immediately because she and Prier were both "high on meth and Xanax."

Instead of getting help, the pair posed for a “selfie” with Meyer.

Eventually, they moved him from the front seat to the back seat, "because they did not want to look at him any longer and also the fact that he began to smell bad."

Berry allegedly said they drove around "looking for a place to dump the body," before settling on the rural Newton County driveway where it was later found.

According to reports, authorities are still trying to determine Meyer's official cause of death, but drug overdose has been referenced as a possible cause.

Berry and Prier are both being held on $50,000 bond.

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