PRESS RELEASE, 9/8/2014

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces involuntary manslaughter indictment in drug overdose death

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Christopher Eaglin (DOB 8-5-85) and Stephanie Eaglin (DOB 11-1-75) in the June 26, 2014 overdose death of 21-year-old Shea Fricke. The Eaglins are charged with Involuntary Manslaughter (Felony 1), 1 count of Trafficking in Heroin (Felony 5), 1 count of Possession of Heroin (Felony 5) and 1 count of Possession of Drugs (Misdemeanor 1).   If convicted of all charges, they face the possibility of 12 years in prison. 

The Delhi Police Department investigation revealed that the Eaglins sold heroin to Miss Fricke on June 26th.  She died at her Delhi residence as a result of a heroin overdose the same evening.  The remaining charges stem from a search warrant executed at the Eaglins Delhi residence on August 28, 2014.  The police found heroin and pills in the residence. 

The Hamilton County Coroner determined that Miss Fricke died as a result of a heroin overdose. 

This is the first case in Hamilton County where a drug dealer has been charged with Involuntary Manslaughter in an overdose death. 

Prosecutor Deters commented, “These cases are sad and, unfortunately, too frequent.  The law needs to be strengthened to allow us to charge these kinds of cases as murder.  Attorney General Mike DeWine and I are working on changing the law to make this possible.  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.”