On Jan. 7, three men in their 30s watched the Kansas City Chiefs game at the Kansas City home of their friend Jordan Willis. Two days later their bodies were found in the backyard of Willis’ home, covered in snow and ice.
The bodies of Willis’ friends — Ricky Johnson, 38; Clayton McGeeney, 36; and David Harrington, 37 — were discovered by McGeeney’s fiancée, who felt compelled to break into the home after repeated messages and phone calls went unanswered.
Willis told police he slept for approximately 48 hours after the game and did not hear phone calls because he was wearing noise-canceling headphones.
Though family members of the deceased have alleged foul play, Kansas City police officials do not concur. An investigation is ongoing, but no suspects have been named and no arrests have been made.
A toxicology report is yet to be released but during a Monday interview on “Fox & Friends,” forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden shared that substance abuse may have been involved.
Fox reported that a neighbor observed two of the men who watched the game enter Willis’ home carrying “two 30-packs of beer.”
“It may be that all four of them took something that made them pass out. He [Willis] passed out indoors and slept it off. They passed out in the cold weather and snow, and within an hour, the body temperature would go down from 98 degrees to 80 degrees and the heart rhythm goes awry, and the person dies of a cardiac arrest. Because of hypothermia.”
The death of Willis’ friends has been an “enormous wakeup call,” according to a source close to the matter. The HIV research and data scientist has reportedly checked himself into rehab.
Fox News reported that a source close to Willis, 38, is facing his addiction head-on,” the deaths of his friends an “enormous wakeup call.”
The source said: “After the shocking loss of three of his close friends under extremely tragic circumstances, Jordan recognized that he had a problem with addiction.”
“He immediately checked himself into rehab after vacating his home and putting his things into storage,” the source added.
A fifth man, Weamer-Lee, watched the game with Willis and the three deceased. He left after the game while the others continued to watch television. He is alleged to have referenced drug use in his texts to friends during the game.
Ricky Johnson’s brother and parents continue to allege that Willis drugged the three men and dragged them outside to freeze in the frigid weather.
Willis and his attorney strongly contest the allegations.
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