Following an acquittal in another case in Madison County earlier this month, prosecutors have dropped charges against a St. Louis man who was accused of selling heroin to a man who later overdosed and died after using the drug. Charges of drug induced homicide have been dropped against Adam Butler of St. Louis in the 2011 death of 30 year old Joshua Rogers of Godfrey.
Rogers was found dead inside a room he shared with his girlfriend at the Redwood Motel in Godfrey last August. Two other people, Angella Halliday and Brian Beckham remain charged in connection with the case. Just last week, a defendant was acquitted in a similar case because the drug sale took place in Missouri, outside of the jurisdiction of the statute. The person who purchased the drugs overdosed, but recovered. His girlfriend also took the drug, but she overdosed and later died. Alton State Senator Bill Haine is pushing an update to the law that would allow the prosecution of individuals no matter where they sell the drug, if the victim dies in Illinois. An Illinois Senate committee is scheduled to take up the bill today in Springfield.