JUDGE DISMISSES MOTION TO SUPPRESS IN DRUG-INDUCED HOMICIDE CASE

JUDGE DISMISSES MOTION TO SUPPRESS IN DRUG-INDUCED HOMICIDE CASE

CENTRALIA, IL — A 40-year-old Centralia woman charged in Marion County Court with felony Drug-Induced Homicide is scheduled for a court hearing Tuesday after Judge Marc Kelly earlier dismissed defense motions to suppress evidence in the case.

Jeri L. Carpenter was charged in January 2020 with the September 2019 overdose death of 36-year-old Mathew E. Proksha.

According to Centralia Police Chief Greg Dodson at 1:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, officers arrested Jeri L. Carpenter, of Centralia after she was identified as being responsible for providing Proksha with the drugs that resulted in his death. Toxicology results indicated Proksha died of a Fentanyl overdose. Dodson says Fentanyl is commonly mixed with or substituted for heroin and is typically much more potent and has a higher risk of overdose.

Carpenter is charged with Class X felony drug-induced homicide, which is punishable by up to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.