A South Milwaukee man is accused of reckless homicide after he gave a Caledonia man heroin, which he later overdosed on and died.

Benjamin Kebschull, 33, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office on Friday with first degree reckless homicide — party to a crime. If convicted, he faces up to 40 years in prison and/or fines up to $100,000.

According to the criminal complaint, a Caledonia woman came home Feb. 28 from church to find her son kneeling on his bed, not conscious or breathing. Yelling for her husband, the man’s father called 911 and began CPR on his son. Noting that the man had a used syringe near him, an officer from the Caledonia Police Department gave the man Narcan. But he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

A toxicology report indicated that the man died of a heroin overdose.

Investigators learned that prior to his death, the man was driving home from a work trip in Pennsylvania. A co-worker noticed that the man appeared to be having withdraw symptoms from heroin use and was texting someone. Looking through phone records, detectives were able to trace the phone number and conversations to Kebschull, who was known to be the man’s drug dealer.

A $2,500 cash bond was set for Kebschull, who is in custody at the Racine County Jail.

A preliminary hearing has been set for 9 a.m. July 14 in front of Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch.

 

 

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.