Six of eight suspects accused of selling heroin in a Waushara County drug ring appeared in court Thursday.
John Gearnhardt, 45, of Redgranite is charged with first-degree reckless homicide for allegedly providing heroin to 21-year-old Amalia Henschel, who died of a heroin overdose on April 12. Her body was found under a porch.
Gearnhardt is also charged with a felony count of conspiracy to manufacture and deliver heroin. Michael Bertzyk, 25, of Wautoma, Buckie Rehwinkel, 37, of Hancock, Becky Holman, 47, of Redgranite and Joshua Vetter, 20, of Berlin are also charged with conspiracy to manufacture and deliver heroin.
Randy Lindgren, 26, of Wautoma faces the same charges as Gearnhardt. According to a criminal complaint, Lindgren gave the heroin to Henschel on the night she died.
Lindgren's sister Theresa, 30, and Christoper Legler, 33, both of Redgranite are also charged with conspiracy to manufacture and deliver heroin. The Lindgrens are scheduled to make their first court appearances on the charges in September.
Gearnhardt bond was set at $15,000 cash. The five co-defendants were all given signature bonds.
The criminal complaint obtained by WLUK-TV says Gearnhardt said he made multiple trips to Milwaukee each week to buy heroin.