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Trial Date Set in Waukesha Overdose Death Case

Two men will stand trial on first-degree reckless homicide charges alleging they supplied heroin to a Waukesha man who overdosed and died inside a car.

Two men will stand trial in September for allegedly supplying heroin to a Waukesha man who overdosed and died while being driven home in February.

Brandon M. Ward, 25, of Waukesha and Coleon M. Gallion, 25, of Milwaukee, will stand trial on first-degree reckless homicide charges Sept. 18 in Waukesha County Circuit Court for the overdose death of Justin L. Schulthess. If convicted, they each face up to 40 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Feb. 21,  Schulthess drove Ward to Milwaukee to purchase from Ward’s source, Gallion, who also goes as “Little C,” near North 35 Street and Park Hill. Schulthess then drove to a parking lot near 35th and Wisconsin Avenue where he shot up the drug and began to drive away, but soon passed out.

Ward tried to wake Schulthess up but was unsuccessful. He called a friend for Narcan, a drug that reverses the effects of heroin, but the friend said they didn’t have any, so Ward pushed Schulthess out of the driver’s seat and drove him back to his residence in Waukesha, where police found him laying in a driveway outside of the car.

On Feb. 29, Ward agreed to do a controlled heroin purchase from Gallion in a parking lot near South 35th Street and Greenfield Avenue in Milwaukee. The deal was completed and Gallion was arrested shortly afterward.

Both men are being held in Waukesha County Jail while awaiting trial.

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