The Madison County Public Defender will make his case before a judge today in the death of an East Alton man from a drug overdose. Attorney John Rekowski says 41 year old Adam Butler of St. Louis should not be charged in Madison County because the drugs used by the alleged victim were purchased and injected in Missouri. 30 year old Joshua Rogers was found dead inside a Godfrey motel last May.
Butler is charged with delivering heroin to Rogers, who authorities say then took the drug and later died of an overdose and was found at the Redwood Motel on Godfrey Road in a room he shared with his then girlfriend. 28 year old Angela Halliday of Moro is also charged in Rogers death for allegedly selling Xanax to make money to buy the heroin. 32 year old Brian Beckham of East Alton is also implicated because police say he drove the car to St. Louis to purchase the drugs. Beckham, Halliday and Butler are all charged with drug induced homicide and remain in custody. Madison County Associate Judge James Hackett will hear the arguments today.