EDWARDSVILLE — A Madison County grand jury indicted Jessica D. Burris of Granite City on Thursday in connection with a heroin overdose earlier this year.
Burris, 30, was indicted on one count of drug-induced homicide, a Class X felony, for her role in the death of Kyle J. Perry, who died at a local hospital from a drug overdose. While awaiting toxicology reports, investigators with the Granite City Police Department determined Burris provided the heroin to Perry.
Burris originally was charged June 3 with two counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 2 felony. Assistant State’s Attorney Crystal Uhe, chief of the Criminal Division, presented Burris’ case before the grand jury and it returned the indictment.
“We are greatly appreciative of the excellent investigative work that allowed us to move this case forward, and for the grand jury’s determination for charging,” State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons said in a press release. “These can be some of the most difficult cases to prove, but we will continue to fight aggressively for victims and their families by bringing these dealers in death to justice.”
In addition to the drug-induced homicide charge, Burris is facing two counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance. Maximum penalty for a Class X felony is 6 to 30 years in prison; 3 to 7 years in prison for a Class 2 felony.
Gibbons commended the outstanding work of the Granite City Police Department along with the Madison County Coroner’s Office in their investigation of Perry’s death.
Burris remains in custody at the Madison County Jail in Edwardsville, where she is held on a bond of $100,000. These charges, as well as the statements made herein, are based upon probable cause. The defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.