Man Charged With Murder In Drug Overdose Death

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A man is charged with third-degree murder in connection to a case where a woman died from a drug overdose in Inver Grove Heights, Minn.

Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said that in September 2010, Dennis Rivers supplied Heidi Hanson with the drugs that ultimately lead to her death.

Rivers, 28, of St. Paul, allegedly brought cocaine and methadone to Hanson’s house. She took them and died.

“The use of illegal drugs can have deadly consequences,” said Backstrom in a press release, “especially if multiple illegal drugs are used as occurred in this instance.”

Rivers was arrested on Tuesday. He will make his first court appearance on Thursday in Hastings, Minn.

  • LowHanging Fruit

    Personal responsibility is not a principal used by prosecutors when pursuing crimes for those that will enter the tough prisons and can not afford the expensive lawyers, but if your a white collar criminal, prosecution always cuts the chase short due to complications. Justice is not equally applied or necessarily just.

    • My two cents

      Amen. Unless the drugs were “hot” and/or he forced or coerced her into taking them….this shouldn’t be a crime.

      People do illegal drugs all the time…it is a personal choice that is dangerous and has risks. Everyone knows them (except maybe young childred). This is tradgic the woman died…but she and she alone is responsible for her death…not the guy who supplied the drugs. He is just a scapegoat for the prosecution.

  • Psychedelico

    I’d have a tough time summing it up better then you two. Agreed. Personal responsibility only comes into play when the person who is ACTUALLY responsible, in this case the woman who died, hasn’t actually died. Now they all want to blame somebody, so naturally they go after someone innocent of any crime resembling murder, and charge him with it. Its pathetic. If she hadnt died, but only overdosed, would they be charging him with ATTMEPTED murder?

    This is absurd.

  • A

    The only thing that I can think of is that all the details aren’t here and that someone is saying that he did persuade her into taking them. All in all though, I agree with the other comments. This is not a reason for a murder charge. Our justice system hard at work!

    • Bruce Erickson

      something is missing in this report, it cannot be as simple as reported

    • DaddyPhantom PhotoTron

      With all due respect to your comment, this lady was 28 years old. It wasn’t as if she was a minor, I find it hard to believe she was persuaded especially since the story says that she was the one that brought the drugs to his apartment.

  • Precedent

    If he is actually found guilty, will this set precedent for sueing tobacco companies as well as the fast food industry?

    • Personal Accountability is Dead

      Exactly…under the same reasoning used in this case…why isnt Anheiser Busch tried for murder everytime some drinks too many beers, gets behind the wheel and kills someone.

      As Psychedelico said above….THIS IS ABSURD!!!

      • Mike

        Why does the prosecutor stop at the so called accomplice? Why not charge his parents for raising him or his supervisor for making his life miserable causing him to seek solace in drugs?

  • ITsOKJusttakeAToke

    If these were oxycodin or aderal prescribed medication would this even be a story?

  • Reason

    The war on drugs is an epic fail anyway you look at it…what ever happened to personal responsibility. Did she have a gun to her head when she was snorting lines??

  • Justine

    I have been a recovering addict for 5 years and have know the deceased for 25 yrs. No one put a gun to our head to do this. To charge this man with murder is so wrong.

  • hate the system

    the system is so messed up, the violent people who should be put away for the rest of their life are some times given second chances and let out of prison after 10-20 years.. and then there’s the people who they lock up for things like drugs, and i agree with everyone, no one puts a gun to a drug addicts head while they are using.. if this kid gets even a halfway decent lawyer he will definitely get out of the murder charge and hardly have any jail time at all, if any.. sucks to go through the BS though to even get out of it

    • DaddyPhantom PhotoTron

      Well if this sickens you imagine living in California where they are about to release criminals that still have time left on their sentences back on to the streets. I guess in Cali you don’t even need a Lawyer to get a light sentence. I feel sorry for the communities that have to deal with this especially since they’re already stressed by so many other negative factors.

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