Butt Enhancement Suspect Ordered Held on $150,000 Bond - NBC 6 South Florida

Butt Enhancement Suspect Ordered Held on $150,000 Bond

Oneal Morris in bond court on manslaughter charge



    Butt Enhancement Suspect Gets $150,000 Bond

    Broward Circuit Judge John Hurley ordered Oneal Morris, 32, to surrender her passport and wear a GPS monitor, and said she won't be allowed to leave the tri-county area if she posts bond. Defense attorney Michael Mirer and Valentina Lopez of Hallandale Beach, who said she was one of Morris' victims, spoke about the case. (Published Friday, July 27, 2012)

    The South Florida woman who's facing a manslaughter charge after allegedly injecting people with Fix-a-Flat and other substances in a black market buttock-enhancing business appeared in bond court Friday where she was ordered held on $150,000 bond.

    Oneal Morris, 32, will have to surrender her passport, wear a GPS monitor and won't be allowed to leave the tri-county area if she posts bond, Broward Circuit Judge John Hurley ordered.

    She also won't be allowed to possess injection needles or wear doctor's scrubs, medical uniforms or a stethoscope.

    "The court is concerned that it's not an isolated incident, that your client has gone to the trouble of putting on a facade that your client's a doctor and the court's very concerned for the safety of the community," Hurley said before setting the bond amount.

    Michael Mirer, Morris' attorney, had asked for bond to be set at $10,000.

    Morris, who police said was born a man and identifies as a woman, was arrested Thursday on charges of practicing medicine without a license and manslaughter in the death of 32-year-old Shatarka Nuby , who died in March in Tallahassee from what an assistant medical examiner called "massive systemic silicone migration" as a result of the cosmetic silicone injections, authorities said.

    Morris has been arrested multiple times for performing cosmetic procedure with no license in both Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Nuby is the only person who has died from her treatments, authorities said.

    The alleged victims have stories which were similar to Nuby's, who wrote a letter to the Department of Health shortly before she died, authorities said. Nuby was the only victim whose complications were fatal, authorities said.

    "Investigators determined that Morris injected substances such as bathroom caulk, cement, Super Glue, Fix-A-Flat and mineral oil into the bodies of his victims," the Broward Sheriff's Office said. "He once told Nuby’s aunt he was using silicone from Home Depot."

    While Morris was appearing in court Friday, another one of her alleged victims surfaced – a woman who said she met Morris at ahotel off Broward Boulevard and recieved injections in her rear end.

    "I had five surgeries to get the stuff that he put in me out and I had two surgeries to fix the scars," Valentina Lopez told NBC 6 in a phone interview.

    In court, Mirer argued that Nuby had gotten another procedure from someone else after receiving the alleged injection from Morris. Hurley said that didn't necessarily matter.

    "Even if there had been a subsequent negligent act which contributed to the death of the victim, the court would, just based on its own common sense, think that you don't, one would not inject a person with silicone purchased from Home Depot," Hurley said.

    Morris had previously turned herself in to authorities in March to face charges of medicine without a license and practicing medicine without a license resulting in serious injury.

    She may be charged for making other women sick too, as other cases are still being investigated, the BSO said.

    Mirer told reporters he doesn't know if Morris will be able to post the bond amount.

    "She maintains her innocence and wants to fight the charges," Mirer said after Friday's hearing. "She doesn't claim that she injected anybody with any illegal substance and she maintains her innocence."