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Friday, February 24, 2017
$500,000 Bond Set for Cicero Man Charged With Drug Induced Homicide
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Oak Brook Chief of Police James Kruger announced today that bond has been set for a Cicero man accused of supplying heroin to Zachary Giebel, 25, of Wisconsin, who died as a result of a heroin overdose. Matthew Chapman, 30 (d.o.b. 10/9/1986) of 1800 S 58th Avenue, appeared in Bond Court yesterday afternoon where Judge Paul Marchese set bond at $500,000 with 10% to apply in accordance with a previously issued arrest warrant. He has been charged with one count of Drug Induced Homicide, a Class X Felony, and one count of Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a Class 1 Felony.
It is alleged that on August 13, 2016, Giebel traveled to Oak Brook to attend a party with friends. It is further alleged that the following day, Giebel contacted Chapman, who used to live in Wisconsin, to purchase heroin. It is alleged Chapman sold Giebel heroin which Giebel then ingested. It is alleged that at approximately 5 a.m. the following morning, friends of Giebel found him unresponsive in his Oak Brook hotel room and dialed 911. An investigation led by the Oak Brook Police Department with assistance from DuMEG led to Chapman who was taken into custody yesterday without incident.
“Once again, we see a young, promising life snuffed out by heroin,” Berlin said. “Make no mistake, my office takes this heroin epidemic extremely seriously and in DuPage County anyone found guilty of drug induced homicide will find themselves facing up to thirty years behind bars. I would like to thank the Oak Brook Police Department and DuMeg for their outstanding work in helping us secure a strong prosecution against Mr. Chapman. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Claudia Fantauzzo for her work on this case and her continued efforts in getting illegal narcotics off our streets.”
“While these cases are always complex, we appreciate the help and support of State’s Attorney Bob Berlin to make these cases a priority to stem the tide of the heroin epidemic,” Chief Kruger said. “Hopefully it will send a message to drug abusers that we will not tolerate their activities and the affects it is having on our communities.”
Chapman’s next court appearance is scheduled for March 20, 2017, in front of Judge John Kinsella.
Members of the public are reminded that these complaints contain only charges and are not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.