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Second arrest made in death of Barrow teen

Terry Littleton

Terry Littleton

WINDER -- Authorities have arrested the man who allegedly helped a Barrow County middle school teacher supply the drugs that are believed to have killed a former student.

Terry Littleton, 25, of Flowery Branch, turned himself in Thursday at the Barrow County Sheriff's Office, Lt. Matt Guthas said. He has been charged with criminal attempt to distribute a controlled substance and the "use of a communication facility" while doing so.

The arrest came exactly a month after the death of an 18-year-old former student of Emily Susan Smith, the Winder-Barrow Middle School teacher also charged in the incident. Authorities believe Smith and Littleton helped the girl -- a 2012 Winder-Barrow High graduate whom the family has asked not be identified -- obtain both methadone, the synthetic opiate typically used to help wean heroin addicts, and Xanax, an anti-anxiety medicine.

While an official autopsy report has not been returned, police believe the drugs are what led to the teenager's death on Valentine's Day.

"Both Littleton and Smith assisted the victim, via cellphone, with the victim's quest to obtain a controlled substance prior to her death," Guthas said.

Smith was arrested March 6 and charged with reckless conduct, attempting to distribute a controlled substance and using a cellphone to obtain a controlled substance. Barrow authorities have said that the alleged victim was even allowed to supervise Smith's minor child while she was attempting to obtain the drugs -- but Smith, through her attorney, denies having any connection with the case.

"She didn't provide any drugs to (the victim) and didn't have anything to do with her death," attorney Billy Healan said, adding that, "Ms. Smith has a completely clean record and was a well-respected teacher."

Smith has been released on bond, Healan said. She resigned her post as a sixth-grade math teacher shortly after her arrest.

Barrow County jail records showed that Littleton, as of Friday afternoon, was being held without bond.

The victim, according to her obituary, was an only child and is survived by her mother, grandmother and several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was a member of Winder First Baptist Church.