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Trial date set in fatal drug case

July 31, 2018

JUNEAU -- A three-day jury trial is scheduled for a 49-year-old Watertown woman in Dodge County Circuit Court on a felony charge of first degree reckless homicide.

If convicted, she could face a $100,000 fine and 40 years in prison. She is currently free on a $1,000 cash bond.

Debra L. Patroelj is accused of supplying the drugs that led to an overdose death.

Patroelj is implicated in the January 2016 overdose of 16-year-old John Teuteberg. She allegedly traded the victim six methadone pills for $30 worth of marijuana, according to the criminal complaint.

When Watertown police interviewed Patroelj she allegedly admitted that she bought $5 of marijuana from Teuteberg the night of his death. Patroelj denied having methadone. She also told police that her cellphone was stolen or lost after Teuteberg’s death.

The trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 12, 2019.

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