RACINE — A Chicago man is facing homicide and two drug charges for allegedly supplying the heroin that apparently killed a 28-year-old man whose body was found in a vehicle at a Burlington gas station in May.
Corey J. Holmes, 30, of the 4800 block of Hubbard Street, appeared in Racine County Circuit Court Thursday, where he was charged with first-degree reckless homicide as a party to a crime, delivery of narcotics and conspiracy to manufacture or deliver heroin.
According to the criminal complaint, Burlington police on May 24 discovered an unresponsive 28-year-old male in a vehicle at the Kwik Trip gas station, 1164 Pine St., which is located just north of the Burlington bypass. Officers and rescue crews attempted to revive the male with Narcan, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the complaint.
An autopsy later conducted by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner determined the cause of death was an overdose of fentanyl, a controlled substance.
As part of its investigation into the death, Burlington police interviewed a 31-year-old witness who was one of the last people to see the victim alive, according to the complaint. The witness directed police to a person known as “Big D,” who allegedly supplied heroin and other illegal drugs to the victim, according to the complaint. “Big D” was later identified as Holmes, police said.
On June 29, officers from the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, the Racine County Metro Drug Unit and Burlington police arranged for the 31-year-old cooperating witness to buy drugs from Holmes in Chicago, according to the complaint.
The two men met on West Madison Street in Chicago, where Holmes allegedly gave the cooperating witness what appeared to be heroin. Tests later confirmed the substance was heroin, according to the complaint.
A warrant for Holmes’ arrest was issued July 13 and he was in custody Thursday, court records showed. Holmes was in the Racine County Jail on Thursday, being held on $100,000 bail, jail records showed.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 25, court records indicate.