Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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July 3, 2014

Drug-induced homicide suspect appears in court

EFFINGHAM — The Vandalia man accused of providing a fatal dose of heroin to an Altamont man this past January made his first appearance in Effingham County Circuit Court Thursday.

Richard B. Marschke, 32, was arrested Wednesday afternoon at his home after State's Attorney Bryan Kibler filed charges against him in connection with the January death of Jordan J. Kull, 31.

Marschke is charged with one count of drug-induced homicide in connection with Kull's death. Authorities allege that Marschke provided the dose of heroin that caused Kull to suffer a fatal overdose.

Thursday, Judge Kimberly Koester told Marschke that he could face between six and 30 years in prison if convicted of the Class X felony.

Koester set Marschke's bond at $1 million and added special conditions that he not consume drugs or alcohol when free on bond.

Koester also assigned Conflict Public Defender Richard Runde to represent Marschke after the defendant told the judge that he hadn't worked for more than a year and was living with his mother at the time of his arrest. The judge set Marschke's next court appearance for 10 a.m. Tuesday.

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

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