Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

July 2, 2014

Bond at $1 million in drug-induced homicide case

Bill Grimes
Effingham Daily News

EFFINGHAM — A Vandalia man faces up to 30 years in prison for his alleged role in the heroin overdose death of an Altamont man earlier this year.

Judge Kimberly Koester set bond at $1 million for Richard B. Marschke, 32, during a brief court appearance Wednesday. Effingham County State's Attorney Bryan Kibler said authorities believe Marschke provided the heroin that led to the Jan. 14 death of Jordan J. Kull, 31. More specifically, Marschke is accused of "knowingly delivering a substance containing heroin" to Kull and that the Altamont man "subsequently died as a result of the injection of said heroin into his body."

Kibler said the investigation that led to Marschke's arrest was a team effort.

"Our actions today are based upon toxicology reports from the Effingham County Coroner's office and ongoing, diligent work by agents of Illinois State Police District 12 and State Police Zone 7 investigations," Kibler said.

Other agencies involved in the probe included police departments in Altamont, Effingham and Vandalia, as well as the Effingham County Sheriff's Department.

Marschke, who was arrested by the ISP Wednesday afternoon, is scheduled to appear in Effingham County Circuit Court at 1 p.m. today.

Bill Grimes may be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 132, at bill.grimes@effinghamdailynews.com, or via Twitter @EDNBGrimes.