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Murder charges filed following overdose death

A night of drinking and drugs ended in death last September for one Rosemount man and now has resulted in murder charges against a 22-year-old Morton resident and the deceased man's girlfriend.

The Dakota County Attorney’s office has charged Timothy Patrick Bednarchuk and Jennifer Lynn Spicer with murder after they allegedly helped supply the heroin Robert Trentman used the night he died.

Rosemount police got involved in the incident Sept. 8 when they were dispatched to a report of a man who was not breathing. They found Trentman, who according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner died from a mix of heroin and alcohol toxicity.

According to the report, Trentman and his girlfriend, Spicer, had gotten in touch with Bednarchuk early on the night of Sept. 7 because they believed he could help them get heroin. Spicer and Bednarchuk dropped Trentman off at a Rosemount bar, then drove to Brooklyn Center, where she gave Bednarchuk $80 and watched him buy two baggies of heroin. He gave her one and injected the contents of the other himself. Then he drove her back to Rosemount and dropped her off.

According to the complaint, Spicer met Trentman at the bar, where she found him apparently drunk. After a short time, they left the bar and went back to the her home. They used a credit card to chop the heroin into four lines, then each snorted two with a rolled dollar bill.

When Spicer woke up the next morning, she found Trentman cold to the touch and not breathing. When CPR didn’t work, she and her roommate called 911.

The county attorney’s office has charged Bednarchuk and Spicer with third degree murder. If convicted they each could face up to 25 years in jail and fines of up to $40,000.

Rosemount Police Chief Eric Werner called the death senseless and said the incident serves as an example of the significant impact drug use has on the community. He said the people who supply drugs need to be held accountable.

Generally he said heroine use in Dakota County has been rising. The Dakota County Drug Task Force started tracking heroine related deaths in 2008 and has seen a steady increase since. He said law enforcement takes a strong stance on drug use enforcement. Additionally he said the Dakota County Drug Task Force works to educate the public about its impacts.

While not necessarily in this case, Werner said there is a correlation between prescription drug abuse and heroine use. He said parents should speak with their children and make it clear that drug use of any type is not acceptable.

This is the third murder alleged to have occurred in Rosemount in recent weeks. Police believe Anarae Schunk was killed in the city, though no charges have been filed yet. Police also suspect the Oct. 7 deaths of Rosemount residents Steven Vasey Jr. and Melissa Vasey were a case of murder-suicide.

Reporter Emily Zimmer contributed to this report.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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