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Olsen bound over on heroin death charges


STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) – The man accused of providing a deadly dose of heroin to a Stevens Point man was ordered to stand trial Friday.

26-year-old Erik Olsen from Hancock is charged with first-degree reckless homicide. He allegedly supplied heroin to 22-year-old Jordan Peterson, who died of an overdose November 17th.

Olsen had a preliminary hearing before Portage County Circuit Judge Thomas Flugaur, and the judge decided prosecutors have enough evidence to proceed to trial. Olsen will be back in court February 17th to enter a plea.

Peterson is from the Markesan area, and was attending UW Stevens Point as a biology major. He was found dead in his off-campus apartment when his roommate returned from a weekend away. The criminal complaint claims Peterson sent a text to Olsen seeking $25 worth of some type of drug. Olsen claims he either wouldn’t or couldn’t sell him marijuana first, which led to the alleged heroin deal.