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Malta man’s overdose death leads to homicide charge

Published: Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
Demario Q. Ware, 23, of Rockford, is charged with drug-induced homicide.

A Rockford man is facing a drug-induced homicide charge because police say he sold heroin to a Malta man who later died of an overdose.

DeKalb County Sheriff’s police said Wednesday that Demario Q. Ware, 23, sold heroin to Kurt D. Hudson, who was found dead Sept. 29 in his home in the 300 block of South Fourth Street. 

Sheriff’s deputies worked with the Rockford police and the Drug Enforcement Administration to arrest Ware on Oct. 1.

According to a news release, undercover officers bought heroin from Ware that day and later arrested him after a chase.

Police found a 9 mm handgun and about seven grams of heroin in Ware’s car when he was arrested.

Ware is in custody on drug and other charges at the Winnebago County Jail with a $100,000 bond.

The drug-induced homicide charge is punishable by up to 30 years in prison and has a $500,000 bond.

A DeKalb County warrant was issued for Ware’s arrest Tuesday after the DeKalb County Coroner’s office determined Hudson’s death was caused by heroin use, police said.

It is possible Ware could be prosecuted in DeKalb County, said Gary Dumdie, chief deputy of DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, but that would be up to the state’s attorneys in DeKalb and Winnebago counties.

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