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New trial date set for Beaver Dam homicide suspect

December 7, 2018

JUNEAU -- A five day jury trial for a Beaver Dam man who allegedly supplied the drugs that led to an overdose death was rescheduled Tuesday.

Brian K. Larson II, 29, was scheduled to stand trial starting Monday, but the court proceedings were postponed after two of the prosecution witnesses were unable to make the court date. The trial was rescheduled for Feb. 25, 2019.

Dodge County Sheriff’s deputies and the medical examiner were called to the Oakwood Cemetery in the town of Beaver Dam after receiving reports of a suspicious vehicle parked overnight with its headlights on. Dakoda Kline, 25, of Juneau was found dead slumped over the wheel on April 9, 2017 after taking heroin allegedly supplied by Larson.

Larson was charged with felony counts of reckless homicide by delivering a controlled substance, two counts of manufacturing or delivering heroin and two counts of bail jumping. If convicted of all the charges, he could receive up to $170,000 in fines and be sentenced to up to 77 years in prison.

According to the criminal complaint, the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office secured a warrant on both Larson and Kline’s phones and discovered the two had exchanged text messages about drugs. The complaint states the pair’s telephone activity was similar to ATM cash withdrawals Kline conducted.

According to the complaint, a text Larson sent to Kline about “it’s really good stuff bro” was sent when their phones “hit off” the same cell tower and sector in Beaver Dam, the complaint states.

Larson is scheduled to appear in Dodge County Circuit Court for a motion hearing Jan. 16, 2019 and a pretrial conference Feb. 14, 2019.

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