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Portage Co. man denies selling deadly heroin to UWSP student

PORTAGE COUNTY (WAOW) - The Portage County man accused of giving a deadly dose of heroin to a University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point student claims the student wanted to buy marijuana the day of his death, according to court records.

Erik Olsen, 26, of Hancock, is charged with first-degree reckless homicide. He's in jail on a $100,000 cash bond.

The Portage County coroner says Jordan Peterson, 22, died in November from a heroin overdose.

Olsen appeared before a judge via video conference Monday, but no date for a preliminary hearing was immediately set, according to online court records.

Authorities say Olsen gave the drugs to Peterson the day he died. Peterson was found dead in his off-campus home by a roommate. Stevens Point Police say Olsen is not a UWSP student.

Court records show Peterson sent a text to Olsen, asking for $25 worth of some type of drug. Those records say Olsen told police he did not find marijuana for Peterson.

Police say they interviewed one of Peterson's roommates, who told them Peterson rarely smoked marijuana and that he wouldn't drive 30 minutes to Hancock for marijuana.

A message left for Olsen's attorney was not returned.

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