WAUTOMA - Six of eight suspects accused of selling heroin in a Waushara County drug ring appeared in court Thursday morning.
John Gearnhardt 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.
Gearnhardt is also charged with a felony count of conspiracy to manufacture and deliver heroin. Michael Bertzyk of Wautoma, Buckie Rehwinkel of Hancock, Becky Holman of Redgranite and Joshua Vetter of Berlin are also charged with conspiracy to manufacture and deliver heroin.
Randy Lindgren of the Town of Dakota 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 and Christoper Legler, 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 needs to post a $15,000 cash bond, while the other five suspects in court Thursday were all given signature bonds.
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