Tripped on acid and hearing voices, Tiffany Phommarath said, she shot her friend in his Blue Springs apartment about midnight Friday, fell asleep, then woke up several hours later and drove herself to Blue Springs police headquarters to turn herself in and confess to the crime.
Jackson County prosecutors charged the 29-year-old Phommarath with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting death of 27-year-old Jordan Schiager, who police found with gunshot wounds to his head and neck.
The shooting happened in the Burr Oak Woods Apartments, off Duncan Road near R.D. Mize Road in northwest Blue Springs, where Phommarath said she and Schiager met a couple months ago, according to court documents.
Phommarath arrived at police headquarters shortly after 6 a.m., with blood on her fingers, leg and shorts, and told officers she had just shot her friend. According to court documents, Phommarath said she and Schiager became friends after his recent divorce and her breakup with a boyfriend. On Tuesday, they started a cocaine-and-alcohol binge that caused her to miss work and lose her job, she said. On Thursday, they had partied with alcohol, drugs and sex, and when the LSD-laced snacks she ate began to kick in, she started seeing colors, felt she was “one” with Schiager and that “God was speaking to her,” according to police.
Schiager had been showing her his guns, Phommarath said, and she used a handgun to shoot him four or five times. She then covered him up with a blanket and threw other items at him, including other guns, to get the colors to stop.
Detectives found Schiager covered with a blanket, several items on top of him, a handgun on the pillow next to his bed, two rifles in the bedroom and spent shell casings and bullets, as well as apparent drugs in the living room.
Phommarath said that after putting the gun on the bed, she looked at her phone, saw it was 12:05 a.m., and fell asleep on the couch. When she woke up, she called her sister to say what she'd done, got into her car, looked up directions for the police station and drove there. She parked, called 911, waited for officers to arrive.
Police said Phommarath was crying and visibly upset and remorseful, calling herself a “murderer” and a “monster.” She said everything felt like a dream and her life was ruined. She said she didn't want to wash the blood from her hands so it would continue to remind her of what she did.
Schiager's death is the city's third homicide this year. According to his Facebook page, he was a native of South Dakota who studied at MCC-Blue River and worked with computer-based machinery.
Prosecutors requested a $250,000 bond for Phommarath.