Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Timothy Patrick Bednarchuk, age 22 of Morton, Minnesota, and Jennifer Lynn Spicer, age 29 now of Apple Valley, have each been charged* today with one count of Murder in the Third Degree (a felony) in connection with the death of Robert Eugene Trentman, age 29, on September 8, 2013 in Rosemount.
The allegations contained in these criminal complaints reflect that Spicer and Bednarchuk purchased heroin in Brooklyn Center on September 7, 2013 for the purpose of providing some of the heroin to Robert Eugene Trentman. Trentman died from heroin and alcohol toxicity after ingesting the heroin purchased and provided by Bednarchuk and Spicer.
Backstrom commented: “This is the third time since 2004 that we have charged the crime of Third Degree Murder in Dakota County in connection with the unlawful selling or giving away a controlled substance which causes death. Heroin use continues to be a serious and growing problem in the Twin Cities and across this state.”
Backstrom thanked the Rosemount Police Department for their thorough investigation into this case.
Bednarchuk made his first appearance in court today and bail in the amount of $150,000 without conditions ($75,000 with conditions) was set by Dakota County District Court Judge Michael Mayer. Bednarchuk’s next court appearance is set for February 10, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. in Hastings. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Jennifer Lynn Spicer who is not in custody. Anyone with information on her whereabouts should contact the Rosemount Police Department at 651-423-4491.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.
*Criminal charges are not evidence of guilt. A defendant/suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.