RICHMOND – Police booked a Genoa City, Wisconsin, man into the McHenry County Jail on Thursday on drug-induced homicide charges in connection with the March death of Richmond resident Jennifer Farrell, court documents show.
But according to previously impounded court documents released Friday morning, authorities are looking for a woman, Casey Lynn Myers, 32, who also is wanted in connection with Farrell’s heroin overdose death.
Joseph A. Williams, 28, the man arrested Thursday, was wanted on a $100,000 warrant, and Myers still is, according to Richmond Police Chief Ciro Cetrangolo and a McHenry County court indictment.
On Friday, Williams’ bond increased from $10,000 to $35,000. According to court documents, prosecutors presented Williams as a serious flight risk given his criminal history, the latest charges and his out-of-state residence in Genoa City, just north of the Illinois-Wisconsin state line.
In 2008, Williams was convicted in Wisconsin of possession of drug paraphernalia. He faces more charges there, including possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and bail jumping, court documents show.
The McHenry County indictment states that both Williams and Myers delivered a fatal dose of heroin to Farrell, who died at her Richmond home, according to her obituary. Farrell has family in McHenry and Lake counties, and was a mother of two. She was 36.
“She attempted to make the best out of all that life threw at her, including her long battle with Crohn’s disease,” the obituary reads.
Myers is wanted in both states in connection with the drug-induced deaths of Farrell and another person – a 22-year-old Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, man – who died in June, according to media reports in Kenosha County, Wisconsin.
Kenosha County court records show that Myers is wanted on charges of reckless homicide and delivery of drugs related to the June death. A warrant was issued in September by Kenosha County authorities for the arrest of Myers, as well as a Chicago man, in connection with the Twin Lakes death.
Before the October and September indictments of Myers – and before authorities issued warrants for those charges – she was arrested in July in southern Illinois with four others for allegedly using fake bills.
Myers, who has a St. Charles address listed on both the McHenry County and Kenosha County court records, was indicted in August by an Effingham County grand jury on a charge of forgery and possession of cocaine stemming from the July incident, according to court records.
Anyone with information on Myers is asked to call Richmond police at 815-678-2351.