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New homicide charge filed in Racine County drug overdose

Judges gavel and stryker By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judges gavel and stryker By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

RACINE, WI (WTAQ) - A new homicide charge has been filed against a Racine County woman accused in the drug overdose death of a Waterford man.  

37-year-old Kristie Fitzgerald of Burlington was already facing drug and bail jumping charges. Tuesday, she appeared in court on a new charge of second-degree reckless homicide, plus another felony bail jumping count.  

Prosecutors said 53-year-old David Buchholtz bought heroin, Oxycontin, and Suboxone from Fitzgerald each week. Buchholtz died in August from an overdose.  

Court records indicate that Fitzgerald was in jail before a $50,000 bond was imposed for the newest counts. A preliminary hearing in the case is set for a week from Thursday.  

Meanwhile, it appears that Fitzgerald arranged a plea deal on her other charges.

A plea hearing is set for January 13th on three earlier counts of distributing illegal drugs, plus two earlier charges of felony bail jumping.  

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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