DeKALB – A DeKalb man is charged with killing a Maple Park woman linked to her 2018 fatal overdose after police say he gave her heroin, and an autopsy later showed the drug was the cause of her death.
Austin K. Pickens, 31, of the 1100 block of West Lincoln Highway in DeKalb, is charged with drug-induced homicide from a 2018 incident after police say that April 20, 2018, he knowingly delivered heroin to a woman named Tonya Booker, who injected the controlled substance and died as a result, DeKalb County court records show.
Pickens appeared for his bond hearing Wednesday in front of Circuit Court Judge Phil Montgomery, who set Pickens’ bond at $250,000 recognizance. If convicted, he faces up to 60 years in jail and fines up to $25,000.
“What I’ve given, I could always take away,” Montgomery said to Pickens during bond call. “So if you violate your electronic home monitoring and I get word of that, I could always take that away and put you back in jail. Do you understand that?”
Pickens will remain on electronic home monitoring while residing at his DeKalb residence.
The 31-year-old, who appeared in front of the judge via Zoom for bond call Wednesday from the DeKalb County Jail wearing a face mask, has prior felony convictions related to drug charges, documents show.
DeKalb police arrested Pickens on Tuesday on an arrest warrant.
According to court records, Pickens was convicted in 2012 of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a firearm with an expired FOID card.
In 2014, he was convicted of manufacturing heroin with an intent to deliver.
At the time of his arrest for the 2018 fatal overdose, Pickens was at his residence already under electronic home monitoring because of pending felony charges related to unlawful possession of a weapon.