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Beaver Dam man on trial for reckless homicide

January 8, 2019

JUNEAU — A three-day jury trial began Monday in Dodge County Circuit Court for a 41-year-old Beaver Dam man accused of giving a Reeseville man the dose of heroin that led to his death.

Jason L. Thompson is charged with first-degree reckless homicide and bail jumping in the death of James L. Hook, 62. If convicted of both charges, Thompson could face up to 46 years in prison and a $110,000 fine.

Thompson appeared in court with his attorney John Smerlinski, who reserved his opening statements.

Dodge County District Attorney’s Office managing attorney Robert Barrington gave his opening statement and told the jury that they would hear from witnesses who will show that Thompson had given heroin to Hook after they had driven to Madison in order to purchase it.

Several members of law enforcement, including Dodge County Medical Examiner P.J. Schoebel, took the stand Monday.

Hook’s autopsy revealed multi-drug toxicity as the cause of death, with other significant conditions as cardiomegaly and emphysema. One of the drugs in his system was heroin.

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