JUNEAU — A 38-year-old Beaver Dam woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a first-degree reckless homicide charge, accused in a drug overdose death of a West Bend woman.
Jackie L. Meyer is charged with felony first-degree reckless homicide and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated first offense, with a minor child in the vehicle. Both charges carry a repeater enhancement. Meyer had previously been convicted of possession with intent to deliver heroin in Washington County in 2011. If found guilty of both charges, Meyer faces 40 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.
According to the criminal complaint, Karen Jean Sadowski, 40, was found unresponsive in a bedroom in a town of Fox Lake home after saying she wasn’t feeling well Aug. 27, 2016. The man who was in the home said Sadowski was visiting with him, and he had attempted to perform CPR on her. She was taken to Beaver Dam Community Hospital, where medical personnel attempted to resuscitate her six times before she was pronounced dead. An autopsy showed both cocaine and heroin in her system.
A family member of Sadowski said that she was going to visit Meyer that night, and officers found out that Meyer was the fiancée of the man who lived in the town of Fox Lake home.
According to the criminal complaint, Meyer convinced Sadowski to withdraw $200 for the drugs and they went to Madison to pick up the drugs. Meyer left the scene and went to a friend’s house, leaving her children and her fiancé at the scene with Sadowski.
Police were able to access cellphone records between Meyer and Sadowski with text messages about purchasing drugs. In addition, they were able to access text messages that Meyer made to her drug contact. Messages between Sadowski and Meyer were deleted on Sadowski’s phone, but accessed through the phone company.
In addition, Meyer was pulled over by the Lomira Police Department May 22, 2017, for speeding. She was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of opiates with two small children in car seats in the vehicle.