Aide to American producer killed by drugs fined in Uganda

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By Jocelyn Edwards

An assistant to an American television producer who died after taking contaminated cocaine in Uganda pleaded guilty on Thursday to drug possession, paid a fine and was freed, her lawyers said.

Kathryne Fuller, 29, was charged with possession of cocaine after taking drugs with producer Jeff Rice, who was found dead in a Kampala hotel on February 18.

An official toxicology report confirmed the drug was in Rice’s blood, dispelling initial suspicions that the father-of-two known for his work on the U.S. show “The Amazing Race” had been poisoned by attackers.

“She was given the option of a fine of 1 million shillings ($420) or six months’ imprisonment,” Paul Rutisya, Fuller’s lawyer, told Reuters. “We (paid) the fine.”

The South African woman was found unconscious in a hotel room at the same time that Rice’s body was discovered.

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