Murder Charge Dropped in Rochester Drug Overdose Death Case
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - A murder charge filed against a St. Paul man for a drug overdose death in Rochester has been dismissed.
A court filing by the Olmsted County Attorney's Office states the third-degree murder charge faced by 56-year-old Jimmie Lee Campbell was dropped because there is insufficient evidence to prove the case against him beyond a reasonable doubt. He was accused of supplying the drugs that resulted in the death of a man who was found at a family member's home in Rochester on the morning of April 29, 2021. An autopsy determined his death was caused by toxic levels of heroin and fentanyl.
Olmsted County Attorney Mark Ostrem says the decision to dismiss the case was made based on information gathered by investigators during follow-up interviews that occurred after the initial charging of Campbell. He says, based on the new information, "it became apparent that the state could not meet the burden of proof."
Ostrem says proving the case beyond a reasonable doubt required proof that, not only did Campbell provide the drugs, but also that the drugs that caused the overdose did not come from another source. He noted that, as a result of the investigation into the fatal overdose, Campbell is facing charges in Ramsey County.
The now-dismissed charges indicated investigators linked Campbell to the man's death through video recorded by a security camera and a convenience store in St. Paul. The video shows the overdose victim entering Campbell's vehicle in the store's parking lot and leaving after only about 15 seconds.
the criminal complaint says Kimball was in the possession of 29 individually packaged bindles of suspected heroin and cocaine at the time of his arrest. The court document also says he was caught with 10 suspected counterfeit oxycodone pills that matched the partial pills that were found in the victim's wallet by investigators following his death.