Deters wants to charge drug dealers with murder

Sep 8, 2014

This summer a Delhi woman died of a heroin overdose, the same day she allegedly bought the drugs from Christopher and Stephanie Eaglin.

In addition to trafficking and possession charges, the Eaglins are now facing an involuntary manslaughter indictment in connection with the death of that Delhi woman, 21-year-old Shea Fricke.

The Prosecutor's Office says this is the first case in Hamilton County where a drug dealer has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in an overdose death.

Prosecutor Joe Deters and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine say they are working on strengthening the law to charge these kinds of cases as murder. According to Deters, "If the law is changed, drug dealers would then be facing the possibility of life in prison for selling the drugs that take too many lives."

In the Fricke case, Delhi Police say the Eaglins sold heroin to the victim on June 26th. The remaining charges stem from a search warrant August 28, 2014 at the Eaglins' Delhi residence where police found heroin and pills.