Taylor Kennedy acquited in heroin death case

6:54 PM, May 10, 2012   |    comments
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Edwardsville, IL (KSDK) - A Madison County judge has tossed out a case against a Troy, Illinois man accused of causing the death of a former high school cheerleader by providing her heroin.

Triad High School Senior Shannon Gaddis died in January 2011 from a heroin overdose.

Prosecutors had alleged 20-year-old Taylor Kennedy made the deal for the drugs that killed Gaddis.

The defense said Gaddis, 17, was an addict and took the heroin from Kennedy while he was passed out from drug use, so he could not have given her the drug.

Kennedy pleaded not guilty to drug-induced homicide. He was charged in May 2011.

The judge ruled that prosecutors failed to prove that any transaction between Kennedy and Gaddis occurred in Illinois.

This was the first drug-induced homicide case to go to trial in Madison County.


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