Suspects rebooked on murder charges in heroin overdose death
DESTREHAN - Deputies in St. Charles Parish rebooked a pair of suspects in connection with a drug overdose in Destrehan earlier this spring.
Jamie Hymel and Roderick Hackett were first arrested for distribution of heroin and other narcotics-related offenses in connection with the death of Richard Keller, Jr. on Mar. 2.
However, a coroner’s report has revealed that Keller died due to multiple drug toxicities including heroin, fentanyl and alcohol. The sheriff’s office has now rebooked the suspects on second degree murder charges.
"We vigorously investigate incidents of drug overdoses and will hold those selling or administering these drugs accountable when death occurs. Anyone who either sells or participates in drug use needs to understand that the consequences extend much further than their illegal drug activity, they may also be charged with murder," Sheriff Greg Champagne said.