Daniel Birtic, one of two suspects in the overdose death of Alex Hopping, pleads guilty to first-degree reckless homicide for his role in the crime.
A Waukesha who supplied heroin that later killed a Wauwatosa teenager has pleaded guilty for his role in her death. Daniel Lee Birtic, 24, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of first-degree reckless homicide for providing heroin to Alexandra Hopping, 19, who overdosed and died in her home April 18, 2011. A second defendant, Edwin Esteves, 33, is slated to stand trial in the case June 4; however, he will make his final pre-trial appearance Tuesday where he could also potentially plead guilty. The men were charged under the state’s Len Bias law after Wauwatosa police officers conducted a six-month investigation into Hopping’s death inside a home in the 1800 block of North 70th Street. The conditions of Birtic's plea arrangement were not …
In 'Len Bias' case, the man from Waukesha and a man from Milwaukee were the alleged dealers who supplied her with the heroin that killed her.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Jim Price
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
A young woman is found dead in her home in Wauwatosa. Two men are charged with causing her death, although there is no solid evidence that either one of them ever so much as touched her. Rather, they are charged with selling her the heroin that killed her in an overdose, under what is called the “Len Bias law.” And it isn’t the first time. “We’ve had three previous cases,” said Wauwatosa Police Capt. Jeff Sutter, “and we have two more under investigation. “We’ve been a little bit secretive about it up to now – not because we didn’t want people to know there was heroin in Wauwatosa, but because we didn’t want the bad people to know our methods and how closely we were investigating them. “But we’ve decided it’s time people knew. It’s here. …