A bench trial began Monday for one of three people who police say had a part in delivering a fatal dose of heroin to a 32-year-old Crystal Lake woman.
Jeffrey Hauck is accused of providing another man, Kane Kellett, with a bag of heroin on March 4. Kellett allegedly delivered the same bag to Hauck’s girlfriend, Stephanie Phillippi, who was found dead with a needle in her arm the following morning. When police arrived, they located a small, green, plastic bag matching similar bags that later were found in Hauck’s possession, McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney Brette Dunbar said.
“She received that bag from Kane Kellett, who received it from [Hauck],” Dunbar said during opening statements Monday.
Hauck’s attorney, William Bligh, said prosecutors won’t be able to trace the chain of delivery back to Hauck.
“The state cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that my client gave that bag to Kane,” Bligh said.
Prosecutors charged 33-year-old Hauck and 34-year-old Kellett in June with drug-induced homicide and possession of a controlled substance in connection with Phillippi’s death. Another woman, 41-year-old Melissa Ohlson, faces the same charges. Police said she drove to Chicago with Hauck on March 5 to buy the deadly heroin and fentanyl combination.
Ohlson’s phone records contained evidence that she was in the area of Phillippi’s home and Chicago on March 6, according to a motion prosecutors filed in McHenry County court.
The most serious charge, drug-induced homicide, typically is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
Hauck, of the 200 block of Uteg Street in Crystal Lake, waived his right to a jury trial Monday and opted instead for a judge to decide his fate. The trial will continue Tuesday afternoon, and is expected to come to a close Wednesday.
Hauck, who has been held at the McHenry County Jail since June 14, appeared in court Monday wearing an orange inmate jumpsuit. He sat quietly as Phillippi’s roommate, Crystal Lake resident William Roetling, testified about finding Phillippi dead in her bedroom about 3:30 a.m. March 5. He’d dropped her off at Hauck’s apartment a day earlier, but didn’t know specifically why she was there.
“She said she loaned Jeff something and wanted to get it back,” Roetling said.
Crystal Lake police officer Alexander Laub said during his testimony Monday that first responders’ attempted to revive Phillippi with Narcan and CPR. Narcan is a nasal spray that can reverse the affects of an opioid overdose. Police administered at least two doses of the antidote to Phillippi without success, Laub said