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Wisconsin women arrested for alledged involvement in drug death

A 43-year-old woman and a 22-year-old woman remain in the Dane County jail after their charges were upgraded to include first-degrees reckless homicide. The charges stem from their alleged involvement in the drug overdose of a 20-year-old Middleton man.

Court records show that the 22-year-old woman, who was the former girlfriend of the victim, allegedly told police that on Nov. 15, she and her former boyfriend drove to the 43-year-old woman's residence to purchase two grams of heroin. They then returned to the victim's apartment and used the heroin. She stated that afterward the victim took her to get fresh needles and he withdrew $380 from a bank before the two returned to the 43-year-old woman's residence to buy more heroin. They then went to a park where they used the heroin before returning to the victim's apartment to smoke marijuana. Both eventually passed out.

Police were called to the apartment the next day when the victim was found unresponsive. An autopsy from the Dane County Medical Examiner's Office later reported that the victim had died from acute chronic substance abuse from the use of heroin and cocaine.

In addition to the homicide charge, the 43-year-old woman has been charged with delivery of heroin, possession of Adderall (a prescription drug), felony bail jumping, and maintaining a drug trafficking place. The 22-year-old-woman has been charged with two counts of delivery of heroin. Both women are scheduled for court appearances this week.

Drug offenses can have serious consequences. An experienced Wisconsin attorney may be able to assist with a defense that could reduce charges and limit jail time.

Source: Wisconsin State Journal, "Two charged with reckless homicide in Middleton heroin death" Barry Adams, Feb. 01, 2014

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