Heroin Overdose Death in Waukesha Leads to Charges

Two Milwaukee men face a reckless homicide charge after police say they sold the heroin that killed Samuel E. Leuck, 27, of Waukesha.

Two Milwaukee men face a first-degree reckless homicide charge after Samuel E. Leuck fatally overdosed on heroin in February at age 27 in Waukesha, according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

Terry M. Tibbits Jr., 28, and Rozerick E. Mattox, 28, face up to 25 years initial confinement in prison and $100,000 in fines if convicted.

Leuck, was found dead by his roommate at 2:46 a.m. Feb. 15 in the 1200 block of East Moreland Boulevard. The Waukesha Fire Department found him laying near his bed and toxicology reports determined he died from a heroin overdose, according to a criminal complaint.

Syringes, a tourniquet and a cooker were found near Leuck, as well as a cell phone.

Tibbits told police he picked up Leuck to purchase heroin in Milwaukee from a man named Kevin, who was later determined to be Mattox. Tibbits purchased the heroin for $75 and delivered it to Leuck, according to the complaint.

Tibbits worked with the Waukesha Police Department to do two controlled buys in March in an attempted to bring Mattox into custody. The man was scared off at the second buy by police presence and told Tibbits to meet him in a different location. Tactical officers from the Milwaukee Area Federal Task Force took Mattox into custody. Investigators located .5 grams of heroin and .9 grams of cocaine in his van, according to the criminal complaint.

Mattox admitted he sold heroin to four or five people, including to Tibbits 12 times in the past month. Cell phone records show Tibbits and Mattox called each other several times Feb. 14, matching the timeline Tibbits told police, according to the complaint.

Leuck was an Eagle Scout who loved music, camping, his friends and family, including his son, according to his obituary.

jimmy john April 20, 2013 at 04:03 AM
Wisconsin need to open free clinics to help the deseased who unfortunately carry this sickness. Heroin in Wisconsin is never going to go away. So instead of pointing a finger at these people who have had the worst decision in there lives, which was trying the drug. Extend Ur hand in understanding that these people do want help but can't afford it. When I was a user all I wanted was help, but real help was far from a reality due to extremely high medical bills for treatment. So the user continues to use to avoid another day of violent vomiting, diahrea, chills, sweats and mental breakdown. These people live a sad lonely life that is almost impossible to escape. Recover from heroin addiction is 1% and that's the sad reality.!
Hope April 22, 2013 at 04:55 AM
Addiction is a disease. Educate yourself.
Linda Tibbits April 22, 2013 at 09:13 PM
I am not proud of the things my son has done as a drug addict. Yes we tried to help him by paying for his treatment. And we would do it again to help him. That's what parents do if they are able to. Good or bad we love our son and hope he gets strong and the help he needs. If that's bad parenting i guess we are bad parents!!!
Sam April 23, 2013 at 03:40 PM
not bad parenting. Just a dumb mistake of trying it. keep your head up Linda
Trenace Ransom-Overstreet June 10, 2013 at 03:17 PM
This is very sad. I will keep everyone in this story in my prayers. Be strong in the LORD!


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