Judge Dismisses Murder Charge Against Rochester Man
Mankato, MN (KROC-AM News) - A murder charge filed against a Rochester man has been dismissed.
A judge in Blue Earth County recently issued an order dismissing the third-degree murder charge against 40-year-old Jesse Skelly after ruling there was insufficient evidence to bring the case to trial. Skelly had been accused of supplying the drugs that resulted in the overdose death of a Mankato area woman.
26-year-old Alissa Troester was found dead in her home on August 28, 2020. An autopsy determined her death was the result of fentanyl toxicity with methamphetamine listed as a possible contributing factor.
In ordering the dismissal of the murder charge, the judge in the case stated that investigators had evidence supporting an allegation that Skelly supplied the young woman with heroin five days before she died but there is no evidence showing the heroin caused her death. In fact, the court document says the autopsy did not find any heroin in her system and the evidence presented by prosecutors was insufficient to prove Skelly was the source of the fentanyl that killed Troester.
Two weeks ago, there was a similar decision in a case involving a St. Paul man accused of supplying the drugs that caused a fatal overdose in Rochester in 2021. 56-year-old Jimmie Lee Campbell had also been charged with third-degree murder but prosecutors dropped the charge after deciding there was not enough evidence to prove that Campbell supplied the drugs that actually caused the deadly overdose.
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