Moses Lake man arrested for controlled substance homicide
EPHRATA, Wash. — A Moses Lake man is accused of causing a fellow inmate’s death by providing him with heroin while incarcerated at the Grant County Jail.
Jordan Tebow, 35, allegedly smuggled heroin, sleeping pills and a narcotic called Suboxone, which is used to treat pain and opioid addition, when he was first booked into jail on Aug. 10
Authorities believe Tebow gave drugs to his fellow inmate, 34-year-old Derek Batton the next day on Aug. 11. The morning after, Batton was found dead in his cell.
In September, Grant County Coroner Craig Mirrison deemed that Batton died of “acute morphine intoxication,” likely from heroin.
Investigators began investigating Tebow as a possible suspect after a corrections deputy caught him giving drugs to another inmate on Aug. 13. Witnesses said they had seen him giving drugs to other inmates.
On Tuesday, he was booked on a warrant for controlled substance homicide, possession and delivery of heroin, intimidating a witness and being a prisoner in possession of drugs. He was released on a $5,000 bond.
Since Batton’s death, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office has purchased a full-body scanner and a mail scanner intended to stop contraband from being smuggled into jail. The mail scanner is installed now; the full-body scanner will be installed by the end of December.
The body scanner will be used to screen inmates during the booking process. The mail scanner will be used to screen incoming inmate mail, except for legal documents such as those from an inmate’s attorney.