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Delay in criminal case for man accused in pregnant woman’s OD death

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RACINE — The new defense attorney for a Racine man charged in connection with the alleged drug overdose death of a pregnant Caledonia woman received more time on Friday to obtain records from his last lawyer.

Eric P. Gallup, 34, was charged Nov. 4, 2010, with first-degree reckless homicide, first-degree reckless homicide of an unborn child, maintaining a drug-trafficking place and five drug-related charges, according to court records. The charges came after Sarah Blask, 26, was found dead in his apartment.

During a hearing Friday in Racine County Circuit Court, Gallup’s new defense attorney, Michael Barth, asked for a status conference in another month. Gallup’s former attorney — who court records show withdrew from the case on May 11 — has provided Barth with part of Gallup’s file, but still is trying to give Barth the remainder. Barth was appointed on Thursday, court records show.

According to the criminal complaint, officers found Blask on the floor at Gallup’s apartment, covered with a blanket. There were injuries to her face, blood near the spot where she lay and there were needle marks in her arm. Investigators have said Gallup said they had injected heroin the previous night.

During the investigation at his apartment, an officer reportedly found what appeared to be a “clandestine chemical laboratory” in a closet, according to investigators.

A status conference is set for July 17.

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