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Vilas Co. pair charged with reckless homicide in overdose caseSubmitted: 03/08/2013
Story By Lyndsey Stemm


RHINELANDER - Toxicology tests took almost three months, but now they're in. Two people from St. Germain will face first degree reckelss homicide charges in the heroin overdose case of a Rhinelander man.

27-year-olds Jennifer Heiting and Richard Lewis already face a handfull of felonies for selling heroin.

Now prosecutors added first degree reckelss homicide charges.

30-year-old David Stahl died after taking heroin he got from Heiting and Lewis.

They gave him packages of heroin in return for letting them have the drug FedExed to his house.

Lewis' charge is technically modified to a party to a crime. That means he likely didn't directly supply the deadly dose.

But he faces the same penalty.

"Heroin kills people, as the allegations in this case make all too clear," Judge Bloom said. "Under all those circumstances a $50,000 cash bond is certainly justified."

Heiting and Lewis will be in court again for both the heroin and homicide cases in April.

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