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Boyfriend of Algonquin woman who police say died in heroin-induced homicide faces drug charges

Cody N. Hillier, (left) and James F. Linder
Cody N. Hillier, (left) and James F. Linder

WOODSTOCK – The boyfriend of the 21-year-old Algonquin woman who authorities believe died of an apparent drug overdose is facing felony drug charges.

Cody N. Hillier, 23, of 603 Sandpiper Court, Algonquin, was charged with unlawful possession and delivery of a controlled substance stemming from the Jan. 31 death of Danielle N. Barzyk.

A Zion man, 34-year-old James F. Linder, is accused of supplying the heroin that killed Barzyk.

According to Algonquin police, Hillier took Barzyk to the Harnish Drive police station for medical help because she had difficulty breathing. She was laying in the parking lot, unconscious and not breathing by the time officers began administering CPR, Algonquin Deputy Chief Andrew Doles said.

Algonquin police are equipped with Narcan – a medication that reverses the effects of a heroin overdose – but Hillier first reported to police that Barzyk was having an asthma attack, Doles said. The alleged drug use was discovered during the investigation.

Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Fire Department continued medical treatment and took Barzyk to Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, where she was pronounced dead.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday with the Kane County Coroner’s Office.

James F. Linder is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday before McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather on drug-induced homicide charges. If convicted he faces a possible prison term of six to 30 years. He remains in custody of McHenry County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond.
Hillier also is scheduled to appear before Prather on Wednesday for a bond hearing. His bond is currently set at $50,000. The charges against him carry a possible sentence of two to five years in prison. He previously was appointed a public defender.

On Jan. 28, three days before she died, Barzyk was cleared from a yearlong probation sentence on a misdemeanor criminal damage to property charge. Her sentence included drug and alcohol treatment and drug screens.

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