Wednesday at 10: Addiction or Murder?

November 13, 2018 08:08 AM

It's a challenge facing prosecutors across Minnesota as drug overdoses kill hundreds of people every year.

Who is to blame?


On Wednesday, Investigative Reporter Ryan Raiche explains why addicts who share drugs are being convicted of murder.

Raiche highlights the cases of 45 people who have all been convicted of third-degree murder in Minnesota for contributing to a deadly drug overdose.

During the investigation, Raiche and the 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS investigative team found most of those people were drug dealers who sold the deadly dose, however, more than a dozen of those convicted murderers didn't actually sell the drugs. They were addicts themselves.

Take Callie Statema for example. Currently, she's at the beginning of a three-year prison sentence in Shakopee. Two years ago, she was using heroin with her boyfriend, Travis Scherping, another addict. Statema survived but Scherping did not.

Prosecutors went after her for third-degree murder, for contributing to Scherping's overdose.

Wednesday at 10 p.m. on 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, Raiche takes an in-depth look at how the law is being applied. He talked to other prosecutors, attorneys and doctors as well as members of Statema's family who said prosecutors are going after the wrong people.

Watch the full report Wednesday at 10 p.m. on 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS.

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