Man charged with reckless murder of friend after overdose

An Elkhart man, charged with reckless homicide in a drug dealing case is out on bail.

Sunday, Dec. 8, officers arrested Devon Vanhorn, 22, after a warrant was issue for his arrest four months ago. Vanhorn is charged with two counts of dealing a controlled substance, Class B felonies, and a Class C felony of reckless homicide for the death of Kenneth Thacker on Jan. 30, 2013.

According to court documents, Elkhart City Police Dept. began a death investigation at 1907 North Silver Maple Lane.

They found Thacker lying in a bed in the apartment, dead upon arrival from an overdose.

Thacker’s girlfriend, Madison Bails, still lives in the apartment but declined to comment on the upcoming legal action against Vanhorn. Bails told police Thacker had taken Xanax and Klonopin while at Devon Vanhorn’s house the night before.

Police called Vanhorn to verify the information but Vanhorn denied providing Thacker with any pills. He said Thacker was already “messed up” when he picked him up, claiming Thacker ingested three Xanax and was “so out of it that Thacker’s eyes were droopy before he took the methadone.”

Vanhorn indicated that Thacker took three Klonopin pills—a type of sedative and muscle relaxer, as well as two or three morphine or methadone pills.

The next day, Thacker’s girlfriend told police Vanhorn would not tell her what exactly Thacker had taken, however, he did tell her he had prescriptions for Xanax, Klonopin and Methodone. Days later she provided police a handwritten note found on Thacker’s bedside table.

The note read: “If you start to feel sick or nauseous: lay flat on the floor or bed (without pillow) completely still, with eyes closed for an hour.” The paper had “Devon VanHorn” imprinted on the top.

Brandy Leer, a friend of Thacker, confronted Vanhorn after learning about the overdose. She recorded the conversation during which Vanhorn indicated he gave Vanhorn four, one milligram Klonopin and four, ten milligram methadone pills. He also told Leer he sold methadone “and stuff” to Thacker before.

Vanhorn is out of the Elkhart County jail on bail. An initial hearing was scheduled for Dec. 26 at Elkhart Superior Court.

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