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Woman charged for heroin death

Additional felony charges for manufacture/delivery near a jail

POSTED November 6, 2013 4:50 p.m.

A Fennimore woman who faces up to 40 years in prison in connection with the August death of an area man made her initial appearance in Grant County Circuit Court last week.

Tina D. Smith, 25, appeared before Grant County Circuit Court Judge Craig Day on Oct. 30. She is charged with first-degree reckless homicide. In addition to 40 years in prison, she may also be fined up to $100,000.

Smith is being held in Grant County Jail on a $50,000 bond. Her preliminary hearing was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities responded to the Rayovac parking lot in Fennimore on Aug. 31, where they observed an unresponsive male later identified as Bradley Millin, 24, Lancaster. Millin was found partially in a vehicle registered to Smith.

Millin was pronounced dead later that evening. An autopsy report reported opiates were found in his system and listed the cause of death as “acute application of heroin,” according to a criminal complaint.

Smith allegedly told authorities she purchased $120 of heroin on Aug. 31, which her dealer packed in two individual packages. She allegedly used approximately half of one of the bags of heroin and left the other bag at her home.

Millin contacted Smith regarding using heroin and later sent her a text message asking if he could have some of the heroin she purchased earlier in the day, according to a criminal complaint. She allegedly replied she would.

Smith took the remaining heroin from the partially used bag, a needle, tourniquet and cooker and placed it in a pencil case and left that pencil case in the center console of her vehicle, according to a criminal complaint.

When Millin contacted Smith a second time, she allegedly told him she would leave the heroin and “fix kit” in her vehicle.

Smith worked at Rayovac from 6:30 p.m. until approximately 9 p.m., when she was told someone was passed out in her vehicle. She recognized Millin as the unconscious person and attempted to revive him but he did not respond, according to a criminal complaint.

Smith allegedly removed the contents of the pencil case from her vehicle and threw the needle, cooker and tourniquet under the bushes near a Rayovac sign.

Two new charges were filed against Smith in Grant County Circuit Court on Monday. In addition to the reckless homicide charge, she is now charged with manufacture/deliver heroin up to 3 grams, and possession of narcotic drugs, both felonies.

According to online court records, the alleged offense date of the manufacturing/delivery charge was Oct. 27. The alleged offense date of the possession charge was Oct. 29.

The manufacture/deliver heroin =charge includes the charge modifier, “possession with intent to deliver/distribute a controlled substance on or near a jail.” The possession of narcotic drugs charge includes the charge modifier, “possession of a controlled substance on or near certain places.” Smith faces a combined 16 years in prison and $35,000 in fines on the two charges.

Smith was slated to make her initial appearance on the new charges on Tuesday afternoon.

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