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‘Walter White narrative’ about party host is ‘out of control,’ source says

Despite claims to the contrary, Kansas City Chiefs fan Jordan Willis didn’t earn the nickname “The Chemist” for making drugs in high school, a source close to him says. Speaking to FOX News Digital, he refuted the theory that the professional scientist was involved in the deaths of three of his friends. .

Clayton McGeeney, 36, Ricky Johnson, 38, and David Harrington, 37, were last seen alive inside Willis’ home at an NFL game party. Two days later, on January 9, he was found frozen to death in the backyard of his Kansas City home.

The men’s loved ones have suggested Willis played an active role in their deaths, McGeeney’s cousin Caleb McGeeney told NewsNation. [Willis’] Friends knew him as “The Chemist.”

“Jordan’s ‘chemist,’ brother. Jordan’s a ‘chemist,'” Caleb McGeeney said. “It was easy for them to have fun, but he messed up and made mistakes.”

However, a source close to Willis insisted that he was never called by that name and that he was “not a chemist by trade”.

David Harrington, Clayton McGeeney, and Ricky Johnson were found dead outside a friend’s home in Kansas City on January 9, 2024. Ricky Johnson / Facebook
A source close to Willis said he was never called a “chemist” and that his career as a scientist meant he was “not a chemist by trade.” Frank Ockenfels/AMC

“He is a computational data scientist in HIV vaccine research. His work is exclusively on computers and he works from home,” a source told FOX News Digital on Monday.

“To promote the real-life Walter White-type stories that people are trying to create,” the source said, citing Bryan Cranston’s depressed character in the AMC drama “Breaking Bad.” “It’s very unfortunate that his work is being used against him.” A high school science teacher uses his knowledge of chemistry to become a drug lord after being diagnosed with stage 3 cancer.

The source also said Willis comes from a military family and has loving parents, but if he was “making drugs in the house in high school,” his parents “definitely” would have known and intervened. He also said that he would have done so.

Jordan Willis, 38, an HIV scientist, entered a rehabilitation center after three of his friends were found dead in his backyard on January 9, 2024. GitHub

“Ruining Jordan’s reputation and life with a smear campaign as some kind of revenge will not bring peace to their family, especially without evidence from the police to corroborate their statements,” the source said. said the person.

Additionally, the source said, “Grief is no excuse to say anything in public without consequences,” and accused the family of changing their story.

“At first they don’t know about Jordan, the men don’t do drugs, so he must have been killed or poisoned or dragged out of the house, or he saw something he shouldn’t have seen. “It must be,” a source close to Willis said Monday. “Then, when the first toxicology came out, they were going to be under peer pressure.”

Exterior view of the backyard and porch of Jordan Willis’ home in Kansas City, Missouri. LP media

“Now, out of nowhere, a story came out that the guys had known him as ‘The Chemist’ since high school and that Jordan had been supplying and manufacturing drugs for them ever since. Which one? Totally unreasonable,” they continued.

Kansas City police maintain that no criminal activity is suspected in their deaths, telling Fox News Digital that they are “100 percent not being investigated as homicides.”[s]”

But the families of the three men who died are wondering how Willis failed to notice their bodies just meters from the back door of his home. Willis’ attorney claims his client was asleep most of the time from the time he allegedly saw the three leaving. McGeeney’s fiance found one of the men’s bodies outside and called police.

Jonathan Pryce, Ricky Johnson’s brother, questioned how someone who is “responsible enough to earn a Ph.D.” could earn a Ph.D. In an interview with Fox & Friends last month, he said that “what seems like a very complicated science” could mean “sleeping all day Monday.”

Willis graduated with a Ph.D. He earned a doctorate in chemical and physical biology from Vanderbilt University in 2014, his attorney John Picerno confirmed to Fox News Digital.

He previously studied chemistry and molecular biology at Northwest Missouri State University.

Clayton McGeeney’s cousin said: [Willis’] Friends knew him as “The Chemist.” Handouts to families

According to an interview Willis gave to the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative website in 2022, he is a senior principal investigator at the IAVI Center for Neutralizing Antibodies in Kansas City.

But on Monday, a source close to Willis told Fox News Digital: “For those of you who can’t imagine how he could have slept completely out of his mind for two days and been oblivious to his surroundings, fortunately, what happened is… I don’t know much about it,” he said. Looks like a drug and alcohol vendor. ”

“He’s lucky to be alive,” a source said of Willis.

Ricky Johnson Jr. was found dead next to two of his friends on January 9th.
Handouts to families

While many Chiefs fans spent Sunday night celebrating their team’s Super Bowl victory with beers in hand, Willis was in an inpatient rehabilitation facility, a source close to his family previously told Fox News Digital.

He allegedly entered the program shortly after his friend’s death and continues to cooperate with police, officials said.

“Jordan went to rehab because he wanted to save his life. This wasn’t a legal strategy, it was a wake-up call,” a source said Monday. “Having three of his closest friends die outside his home without his knowledge was a real rock bottom moment that he will spend the rest of his life getting over.”

Officials say Willis has struggled with alcoholism and depression throughout his adult life. Officials say his bad habits diminished when he lived around “like-minded scientists” in San Diego while completing his doctoral program.

But the 38-year-old allegedly turned his back on him when he returned to Kansas City to care for his father, who was diagnosed with late-stage Alzheimer’s disease.

“Moving back to Kansas City wasn’t good for his mental or physical health, and the added isolation of working from home caused him to fall back into old habits,” the source said. “When he returned after being away for more than a decade, he started spending more time with his high school friends.”

Sources close to David Harrington say the 38-year-old returned to his bad ways when he returned to Kansas City. Handouts to families

Preliminary toxicology report results shared with the men’s families show THC, cocaine and lethal levels of fentanyl were detected in their systems.

However, Harrington’s stepmother told NewsNation that these discoveries do not spell the end for the family.

“The important thing is that he didn’t accept that he was going to die,” his stepmother Teresa Harrington told NewsNation. “He didn’t take it to die. Even though he drugged himself, he took it to get high.”

But on Monday, a source close to Willis insisted: “They all made the wrong decision that night.”

A source said: “We are outraged that something like this happened and are truly sorry that the men lost their lives.” “But as a friend who wants to protect him and help him get back on track, no one deserves this kind of heinous behavior in a case that is still under investigation for the whole world to see.”

“There’s a plausible, very likely explanation as to why he didn’t know they were there that people don’t seem to understand,” the source continued.

Once a full autopsy and toxicology report is available and police complete a forensic examination of the electronic devices (at least two of the man’s family members have been asked for their son’s cell phone password), Pratt The county attorney’s office will decide whether to file criminal charges against Mr. Willis or not. Alex Wiemer Lee, the fifth party guest to leave Willis’ house alive on the night of January 7th.

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