A 29-year-old Moro woman is one trial this week in connection with a heroin overdose in the summer of 2013. The victim was revived, but Angella R. Halliday is charged with aggravated battery after authorities say she purchased heroin with another woman and injected the victim with the drug. Under a policy instituted recently in the area, anyone that provides heroin to someone who overdoses can be held accountable for the outcome.
In this case, authorities say Halliday injected the drug into the victim at a home in Wood River. Halliday had been on parole for a previous conviction of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance with 1000 feet of a school. She was also connected to a case involving the overdose death of two people, but charges in both cases were dropped because the victims injected the heroin in Missouri but died in Illinois. Halliday is being held on a $250,000 bond in the Madison County Jail. Jury selection began this morning.