An unlicensed practitioner charged with killing a woman during a butt injection procedure gone horribly wrong is on trial — and her business partner is accused of leaving the dying woman alone.
Denise Rochelle Ross, 45, is charged in the death of Wykesha Reid, 34, who came to Ross’s makeshift salon on Februrary 19, 2015, for a procedure to boost her derriere. But she never made it out: silicone caulk from the black-market procedure traveled through her heart and became trapped in her lungs, killing her.
According to the Dallas News, Ross’s business associate Jimmy Joe “Alicia” Clarke, 33, who is also charged in Reid’s murder, alerted police to the situation. In a 911 call, Clarke said, “She’s not moving. She’s hard. She’s hard and cold.”
When police arrived, Clarke reportedly told them that the victim had become ill the night before after her procedure, and he told her to lie down. He found her body the next morning.
“They left Wykesha Reid’s body on that massage table,” prosecutor Summer Elmazi said at the trial, which began Thursday. “They left her there like a piece of garbage.”
The Dallas News reports that although injections consisted of industrial-grade silicone, Ross sometimes told patients it was just saline.
The prosecutor said the procedure was referred to as the “Wee Wee Booty,” and clients found Ross through word of mouth. Summer Elmazi, in the prosecution’s statements to the Court, said, “They left Wykesha Reid’s body on that massage table. They left her there like a piece of garbage.”
Clarke will be tried at a later date. Ross’s defense attorney, Heath Harris, claims it was Clark who gave the injections, and that the victim’s death was a “tragic, tragic, tragic accident.”n
The pair is also charged with practicing medicine without a license.
The family of the victim, Wykesha Reid, recently filed a lawsuit against Clarke and Ross, as well as a number of companies associated with the building that housed the “salon” where the victim died.
According to the Dallas News, the lawsuit describes these beauty practitioners are “boils on the backside of Dallas County.”
Photo: Dallas County Jail/Denise Rochelle “Wee Wee” Ross