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Prosecutor: Drug overdose lands East Grand Forks murder defendant in hospital

A woman charged with murder in connection to the fatal overdose of a 26-year-old woman last year found herself in the hospital after an apparent drug overdose, according to a prosecutor.

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A woman charged with murder in connection to the fatal overdose of a 26-year-old woman last year found herself in the hospital after an apparent drug overdose, according to a prosecutor.

Haley Lynn-Marie Suedel, 26, of East Grand Forks, did not show up Monday morning at her scheduled court hearing in Minnesota Ninth District Court in Crookston .

Assistant State's Attorney Scott Buhler told the court Monday that Suedel was still in the hospital, recovering from what appeared to be a drug overdose late last week.

Buhler did not know what she had overdosed on, nor whether it was accidental or intentional.

Suedel is one of three East Grand Forks women charged with the murder of 26-year-old Jessika Lee Erickson, who died in October after chewing on a fentanyl patch she had purchased to ease her back pain.

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Police believe that Suedel, Jenny Marie Bercier, 40, and Shilo Chasity Delorme, 32, were all involved in selling the prescription fentanyl patch to Erickson.

Suedel's hearing was rescheduled for 9 a.m on Feb. 9.

Bercier also was scheduled to report Monday to Polk County District Courthouse. She appeared with her attorney and set the date of her next hearing at 9 a.m on March 9.

The three women are each charged with third-degree murder. Under Minnesota law, a person may be guilty of that offense if he or she unintentionally causes the death of another person by "unlawfully selling, giving away, bartering, delivering, exchanging, distributing, or administering" certain drugs.

The maximum penalty for third-degree murder is 25 years in prison and a $40,000 fine.

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