The Hancock man charged with first-degree homicide involving the death of a University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) student will have a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, in Circuit Court Branch 3, with Judge Thomas Flugaur presiding.
Erik Olsen is suspected of dealing heroin to Jordan Peterson who died from a heroin overdose Nov. 17, according to the criminal complaint. Olsen refused to answer police officers’ questions regarding the alleged sale.
Peterson was found in his Stevens Point residence by a roommate at about 4 p.m. Sunday Nov. 17, the complaint says.
After attempting to resuscitate Peterson, two of his roommates called the Stevens Point Police Department.
Police officers responded to the call and found Peterson on the floor of his bedroom with a spoon and used syringe on the floor next to him. On Peterson’s left arm they found blood and what appeared to be needle marks tracking across his arm.
There were also traces of dried mucus on Peterson’s face, indicating a possible foam cone, according to the complaint. A foam cone occurs around the nose and mouth when an individual overdoses on heroin.
Portage County Coroner Scott Rifleman estimated Peterson had died no more than12 hours before his initial examination. The body was transported to Madison where Dr. Robert Corliss conducted the autopsy and the complaint says the preliminary findings indicated heroin overdose as the cause of death.
All four of Peterson’s roommates reported they were aware Peterson had a heroin addiction. Several witnesses confirmed that Peterson drove one to three times a week to purchase heroin from Olsen, the complaint says.
Peterson’s roommates reported in the complaint that Peterson had overdosed on heroin two other times and did not seek medical attention either time.
The complaint said Peterson’s girlfriend reported he went for a drive at approximately 1 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. He did not return until about 6 a.m. The complaint says authorities suspect that during that time he drove to Olsen’s residence and purchased heroin.
Peterson was last heard from in a text message to his girlfriend at about 11 o’clock that same morning.
Police found text messages in Peterson’s phone to and from Olsen sent on the morning of Nov. 17 discussing the sale of an unnamed drug, and the complaint says, and Olsen claimed the drug Peterson was attempting to purchase was marijuana but he had been unable to find any to sell him, according to the complaint.
Olsen has remained in jail since the time of his arrest Dec. 17 until he posts $100,000 bail.