St. Joseph man charged in death of a woman found in wooden box

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - A St. Joseph man has been charged in the death of a woman found in a wooden box in northern Platte Co.  

Buchanan Co. prosecutors charged Martin Lee Williams, 51, with involuntary manslaughter and abandonment of a body in the death of Tangela A. Fisher, 35, of St. Joseph.

Fisher's body was found on September 8, at E. Dye Store Road and State Route M in a homemade wooden box.

Charging documents state Williams had Fisher over at a St. Joseph residence, where he prepared a syringe containing a controlled substance. After Fisher was injected, she became unconscious and stopped breathing.  

Williams did not call emergency services to get help.

A probable cause statement says Williams has an extensive criminal history and was on parole at the time of Fisher's death.

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