A 25-year-old woman accused of killing a man by providing heroin to him on Christmas Eve last year failed to appear in court Thursday as ordered.
Julia Ruyter, of Racine, was ordered to appear in Racine County Circuit Court Thursday to face felony charges of first degree reckless homicide and delivery of heroin, both as a party to a crime. If convicted, Ruyter faces up to 52-1/2 years in prison and/or up to $125,000 in fines.
According to a criminal complaint, Mount Pleasant police were called last Christmas Eve to a home for a report of a person who wasn’t conscious or breathing. When officers arrived, they confirmed the 26-year-old man was deceased. His father discovered his body with a needle next to him when the father went to check on him since the family was getting ready to visit relatives.
Police say the man’s father observed him leaving around 10 p.m. the night before for about five minutes and then return. He did not see who his son met or any vehicles in the area. The last time he saw his son alive was at approximately 2 a.m. Christmas Eve when they spoke briefly.
Investigators collected the man’s cell phone which listed several text messages with Ruyter that indicated the man was in withdrawal and looking for a fix to alleviate his symptoms, the complaint reads. In one text message dated 10:12 p.m. Dec. 23, 2015, Ruyter confirms she will “be by in 10.” There were no further text messages in the conversation.
Officers say that based on the condition of the man’s body, he was deceased for some time before his father found him. The autopsy confirmed the man died of a heroin overdose.
Ruyter at some point was interviewed by police, the complaint reads, and she admitted to supplying the man with heroin. She refused to implicate who supplied her with the drugs.
Online court records indicate a warrant for Ruyter’s arrest has been requested but not issued yet.