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Man accused in two overdose deaths

Delafield man, Muskego woman died from heroin

Waukesha - A Waukesha man was charged Monday for his alleged role in the drug overdose deaths of a City of Delafield man and a Muskego woman.

Kevin S. Cobus, 27, was charged with two counts of first-degree reckless homicide for the deaths of Cody C. Riggs, 26, of Delafield and Jamie L. Hansen, 24, of Muskego.

According to the criminal complaint, Delafield police were called to 142 Stocks Drive at 2:13 a.m. Jan. 6, for a possible overdose - Riggs. He was pronounced dead at Aurora Hospital in Summit about an hour later.

Police learned Riggs had been with Cobus on Jan. 5, and the two men, along with a brother of Riggs, drove to Milwaukee and purchased 18 "sacks" of heroin. Police found numerous text messages from Riggs' cellphone to Cobus' phone from late Jan. 5 to early Jan. 6. The operator of the phone - who identified himself as Riggs' brother - expressed concern over Riggs' condition, the complaint said.

Cobus assured him that Riggs would be fine, the complaint said. The last text message sent to Cobus at 2:07 a.m. was, "Is it okay that he's still not responsive???"

Cobus was questioned Jan. 26 and admitted to going to Milwaukee with Riggs to buy heroin, the complaint said.

Cobus supplied Riggs and Riggs' brother with needles, along with a cooker and two ties so they could inject the heroin, the complaint said.

Also according to the complaint, Hansen's father, John A. Orlando, found his daughter slumped over her bed at about 11:40 a.m. July 12, 2011.

Hansen was pronounced dead at the hospital the following day.

Orlando said he was aware his daughter was a heroin user, the complaint said. Police found drug paraphernalia related to heroin use in Hansen's room, including multiple syringes and six small plastic bags containing white residue, the complaint said.

On Aug. 30, police learned that Hansen might have been with Cobus before her death. Acquaintances of Hansen's called Cobus, and Cobus allegedly admitted that he and Hansen bought heroin in Milwaukee, but Cobus said "this was not the heroin that killed her" and that she must have received heroin from someone else later.

On Hansen's cellphone, police found multiple conversations between her and Cobus between 4:46 and 5:30 p.m. July 11 regarding the purchase of heroin, the complaint said.

On Jan. 26, police questioned Cobus, who said Hansen had asked whether he and her boyfriend would go to Milwaukee and buy $100 worth of heroin, the complaint said. Cobus told police she also asked him to get new needles.

Cobus said he and Hansen's boyfriend drove to Milwaukee and bought heroin, the complaint said. Police noted Cobus described the packaging the heroin was in and it matched the packaging found in Hansen's bedroom.

According to the Waukesha County Medical Examiner's Office, the cause of death for both Hansen and Riggs was "acute opiate intoxication."

Cobus appeared in court Tuesday; a preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 23. Bail is set at $100,000.

If convicted, Cobus faces up to 25 years in prison followed by 15 years of extended supervision on each count.

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