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Madison man found not guilty of causing heroin death

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Madison man has been found not guilty of causing the heroin death of a Cross Plains man almost two-and-a-half years ago.  

A Dane County jury deliberated for over six hours Thursday, before acquitting 34-year-old Jason James of first-degree reckless homicide in the death of 22-year-old Darrel "D.J." Thurow.  

The jury did, however, find James guilty of delivering heroin to a friend that the victim was out with the night before he died. The friend, Adam Krutchen, was put on five years of probation in March after he pleaded guilty to delivering heroin.  

James pleaded guilty to two similar counts in January, and he'll be sentenced on all three counts at a later date.  

During the trial, a defense expert said it could not be determined whether Thurow died from the heroin he took the night before his death -- or from two other drugs prescribed to him.  

Dane County's medical examiner said he was certain that Thurow would not have died it wasn't for the heroin.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)