By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — Two Tulsa men have been charged in Payne County District Court by the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office with homicide in the heroin-related death of Perkins resident Jamie Bear, 29, in 2019, court records show.
James Josiah Ramos, 30, who was the victim’s boyfriend, and Noah Reimer Montague, 25, who allegedly sold heroin to Ramos in Tulsa, were originally charged with murder in Tulsa County, but the case was dropped there due to a state Supreme Court ruling, since the victim was of Iowa tribal descent and Tulsa County is in Cherokee and Creek tribal lands, court records show.
When the homicide charges were refiled last week in Payne County, arrest warrants were issued for Ramos and Montague, neither of whom have yet appeared before a Payne County judge.
Ramos, an ex-convict with a long criminal record in Tulsa County, remains jailed in Tulsa on unrelated charges of identity theft, larceny and burglary, court records show. Montague, who is on drug-related probation in Tulsa County, apparently has not been jailed.
Ramos has been charged with second-degree murder by providing the victim heroin, “which he knew was imminently dangerous and showed a lack of regard for human life,” or in the alternative with second-degree manslaughter by negligently taking the victim’s life “by providing heroin to her in disregard for reasonable care.”
Montague has been charged with felony murder in the first-degree by distributing heroin from which the victim died on Sept. 10, 2019, court records show.
Attorney General’s investigator Steven Johnson was assigned to investigate a possible crime of second-degree murder, which took place in the 100 block of Freeman Drive in Perkins, according to his affidavit filed in court last week.
“On Sept. 10, 2019, at 9:03 am officers from the Perkins Police Department, Chief Bob Ernst, Deputy Chief Steve Hensley and Officer Jason Thompson were assigned to a welfare check,” at the apartment where the victim’s body was found, the affidavit said.
“When officers arrived, they knocked on the front door, but got no response, but found the front door unlocked,” through which the chief and deputy chief entered, the affidavit said. “Chief saw the back door to the apartment was open and directed Officer Thompson to go to the back door,” the affidavit said.
“The apartment was then searched and the body of Jamie Bear was found in an upstairs north side bedroom. Officer Thompson found syringes in the upstairs south side bedroom,” the affidavit alleged.
An hour and 40 minutes later, Ramos arrived at the apartment, the affidavit alleged. A neighbor identified Ramos as a man whom he saw removing items from the apartment that day, the affidavit alleged. Ramos, who was later identified as the victim’s boyfriend, had clothes on the back porch of the apartment, the affidavit said.
About an hour later, Ramos talked to Perkins Police Investigator Charles Danker and Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Lt. Kevin Garrett, the affidavit said.
“Ramos stated that on Sept. 9, 2019, he and Bear were in Tulsa and met with defendant Montague and bought one-half gram of heroin from Montague,” the affidavit alleged.
Ramos said that he and the victim returned to Perkins and each took some of the heroin, the affidavit alleged.
“Defendant Ramos said the heroin was different and hit him harder,” the affidavit alleged.
Ramos said that the next morning he woke up at about 8 am while the victim was still asleep, the affidavit alleged. Ramos said he told her he was taking her car to Drug Court in Tulsa, the affidavit alleged.
“Ramos drove around for 10 minutes before deciding to go back to the apartment and check on Bear,” whom he found with eyes half-open and groaning, the affidavit alleged.
Ramos then called a friend, who told him to give the victim Narcan, but he did not have any, so the friend told him to give her milk to make her vomit, but there was no milk in the apartment, the affidavit alleged.
The friend then told Ramos to leave, the affidavit alleged. “Ramos said he was going to call an ambulance, but thought that if Bear was groaning she was all right,” the affidavit alleged.
Two days later when a Tulsa police detective interviewed Ramos, he again said he bought heroin from Montague on Sept. 9, 2019, at about 1 p.m. at a Tulsa convenience store, the affidavit alleged. “Ramos said he paid Montague $50 for one-half gram of heroin,” the affidavit alleged.
Ramos said that he and the victim went to a pharmacy and bought syringes before going to another store’s parking lot where they “used less than .1 gram of heroin,” the affidavit alleged. Ramos said they returned to Perkins “where both Ramos and Bear used .2 grams of heroin at their apartment,” the affidavit alleged. “Ramos said the heroin ‘f….. him up,'” the affidavit alleged.
Ramos said that the next morning when he woke up he “found Bear pale with blue lips and vomit on her pillow,” the affidavit alleged. Ramos said he tried to wake her up, but she was unresponsive, the affidavit alleged. Ramos said he then contacted a friend who told him to leave and he (the friend) would call 911, the affidavit alleged.
“Ramos left the apartment and returned a short time later after police had arrived,” the affidavit alleged.
A week later, on Sept. 17, 2019, a search warrant was executed at Montague’s residence where heroin was found and Montague was arrested, the affidavit alleged.
“Montague stated he sells heroin to both Bear and Ramos,” and admitted to selling one-half gram of heroin to Ramos on Sept. 9, 2019, in Tulsa, the affidavit alleged.
“Under Oklahoma law, it is considered unlawful to sell controlled dangerous drugs to another individual, which later results in the death of another person, the actions of defendant Montague,” the affidavit alleged.
“It is also unlawful and illegal to provide controlled dangerous drugs to another person, which results in their death, defendant Ramos,” the affidavit alleged.