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Jenners woman charged with drug death

January 24, 2019

A 50-year-old Jenners woman has been charged with the drug-related death of another person.

State police charged Christina Lynn Burket, Peach Street, Wednesday with the death of Kristina Marie Katsikaris in early September.

Katsikaris, 32, was found by her mother submerged in water in a laundry basin on Sept. 3. When state police arrived, the woman was found dead in the basement.

According to a probable-cause affidavit, police found several drugs and items at the scene, including 31 empty stamp bags, one full stamp bag, 39 Suboxone strips, eight sedative pills, a spoon, a pill fob, a straw and a syringe.

On the mother’s cellphone, which her daughter used, police found a text message to Burket asking for a “BUN.” Police said a drug transaction took place later.

An autopsy showed that Katsikaris died from asphyxia, drowning and drug-induced loss of consciousness. It also showed that she had drugs in her system at the time of death, including fentanyl, a powerful opioid.

On Nov. 29, in an interview with police, Burket admitted to selling the woman five stamp bags of heroin and said she planned to sell her five more the next day, according to the affidavit.

Burket is charged with third-degree felony criminal use of a communication facility, felony drug delivery resulting in death and manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver.

She was arraigned Wednesday before District Judge Susan Mankamyer in Boswell and was sent to the Somerset County Jail in lieu of a $20,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday before Mankamyer.

An online court document did not list an attorney for Burket Wednesday evening.

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