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Update: DeKalb man charged with drug-induced homicide related to 2018 heroin overdose

DeKALB – A DeKalb man is charged with killing a Maple Park woman linked back to her 2018 fatal overdose after police say he gave her heroin and an autopsy later showed the drug was the cause of her death.

Austin K. Pickens, 31, of the 1100 block of West Lincoln Highway in DeKalb, is charged with drug-induced homicide from a 2018 incident after police say on April 20, 2018, he knowingly delivered heroin to a woman named Tonya Booker, who injected the controlled substance and died as a result, DeKalb County court records show.

Pickens is scheduled to appear for his bond hearing in front of Circuit Court Judge Robbin Stuckert Wednesday. If convicted, he faces up to 60 years in jail and fines up to $25,000.

DeKalb police arrested Pickens on Tuesday on an arrest warrant, and prosecutors have appealed to have his bond set at $250,000, records show.

This is a developing story which will be updated as more information becomes available.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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