Danielle Jelinek died because of accidental cocaine overdose, indictment alleges

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Aaron Schnagl (left) has been charged with murder in connection with the death of Danielle Jelinek (right).
Today, Aaron Schnagl -- Danielle Jelinek's on-again, off-again boyfriend -- was indicted by a grand jury on third-degree murder changes in connection with Jelinek's death.

According to numerous reports, the indictment accuses Schnagl, 29, of being culpable for Jelinek's death by accidentally causing a drug overdose with cocaine he gave her.

Jelinek, 27, was last seen in December with Schnagl. After months of searching, her body was found in May in a swampy area about 200 yards from Schnagl's Chisago Lakes Township home.

Schnagl was identified as a "person of interest" shortly after Jelinek's disappearance but wasn't charged until today. He has been in custody, however, for separate charges he faces after authorities found 12 pounds of vacuum-sealed pot in Schnagl's BMW while executing search warrants connected with Jelinek's disappearance.

Beyond the third-degree murder charge stemming from Jelinek's alleged cocaine overdose, details about the chain of events the grand jury believes concluded in Jelinek's death still aren't public knowledge at this time.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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onlyjewels
onlyjewels

Bars are held liable.  Her body was put there by him.  He needs to be held accountable.  RIP my angel and strength to your family.

colcoyn08
colcoyn08

Could someone explain how one has an "accidental cocaine overdose"   If Ms Jelinek willing ingested the cocaine and died that is her fault.  Now if Mr Schnagl forced her to ingest it, then it is murder.  The fact that he hid the body makes it far more serious (from the fact provided above) than 3rd degree murder charges.    Sadly, MN does not have capital punishment.

laxx1559
laxx1559

Why is he being held accountable for the actions of another adult? Why aren't bars held liable when people die while drunk?

Doug Mulville
Doug Mulville

Wonder why that is? Causes more death and destruction than all other rec drugs combined. Gotta love the lobbyists that write the laws!

Matt Touchette
Matt Touchette

Except alcohol isn't listed as a controlled substance under the statute.

Doug Mulville
Doug Mulville

They were both obviously LOSERS. Junky and her dealer/boyfriend. Neither worse than the other. We are missing parts of the story. Did she leave of her own volition? Did she od and he did nothing? How did her body get to the swamp? Did she wonder off and die? Was he really so stupid as to dump her body just a few hundred yards from his home? The whole story is tragic but if you take away the affection the public has for a pretty white girl, maybe some objectivity could be used in this case? If it really is negligent homicide to provide the chemical then there damn well better be an awful lot of bartenders across the state being charged subsequently in CRIMINAL court, not for civil liability.

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

Surprise, the police and the DA had so much wrapped up into this that they are willing to overreach with their charges.  Reach for the moon, and hope he pleads guilty to a lesser.  

Shanan Ross
Shanan Ross

The whole situation is just sad especially to see these comments judging because of an article. You have to look at the big picture. Rest in piece Dani and I hope everyone keeps the family in their thoughts before posting.

Nadine Alexie
Nadine Alexie

"Accidental" overdose?!! Huh. Oops . Yet if it were any other class, race, drug, etc no accident about it. And true that about bartenders. BS.

Michael Fleming
Michael Fleming

At least be arguing about the correct crime: "Whoever, without intent to cause death, proximately causes the death of a human being by, directly or indirectly, unlawfully selling, giving away, bartering, delivering, exchanging, distributing, or administering a controlled substance classified in Schedule I or II, is guilty of murder in the third degree..." Minn Stat 609.125(b)

Joshua Warren
Joshua Warren

Criminally negligent homicide. Because he didn't call 911 when she overdosed.

Karen Jelinek
Karen Jelinek

Thanks Adam. I hadn't seen this before. At least there's some justice being served.

Sean Hildesheim
Sean Hildesheim

So she decided to use the drugs and abuse the drugs and he has to take the wrap for it. 'Murica. Where it's always somebody else's fault.

Stisha Ann Brian
Stisha Ann Brian

It's justice due to the circumstances. I'm certain you would feel the same way if this were your daughter, sister, best friend, or loved one.

snazzyslaxx
snazzyslaxx

Minnesota law 609.195  states that a person can be found guilty of unintentional 3rd Degree murder if he or she "proximately causes the death of a human being by, directly or indirectly, unlawfully selling, giving away, bartering, delivering, exchanging, distributing, or administering a controlled substance." 


Adam Klugherz
Adam Klugherz

Yeah that's not murder. At the worst it's wrongful death...Even that's a stretch.

Kelley Marks Charbonneau
Kelley Marks Charbonneau

Exactly, sounds more like improper disposal of a body, tampering with the scene, and having illegal drugs in his home. Overdoses happen but it doesn't mean murder

eddogg67
eddogg67

Did he inject her with a lethal dose of cocaine??? Because unless you can prove that he did that or somehow force her to snort the blow, it isn't murder.

Brandy Curtiss
Brandy Curtiss

Agreed doesn't make much sense, did he force her to snort cocaine? Dumping the body seems a more likely charge.

MrGasso
MrGasso

Sounds like a serious drug dealer. Should do a lengthy sentence.

amynelson1MN
amynelson1MN

@atrupar I'm so glad they're going after this loser...wish they coulda got him for 1st though.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

there's

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Michael Fleming ... since "unlawfully" only modifies "selling" based upon the poor grammatical construction of the statute, it would also apply to Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacists and others who distribute, deliver or administer any Schedule II drug that results in the death of any person.


hth

_Joe_
_Joe_

It's pretty hard to make someone snort coke.

_Joe_
_Joe_

But probably not your brother, father, or son.

MNLawsNeedUpdating
MNLawsNeedUpdating

@eddogg67I would say the same but MN statues are interesting when it comes to defining murder. Look up the case of the guy in Blaine who was charged and subsequently convicted of murder for supplying consenting adults a legal and available chemical. They overdosed and died and Mr. Lamere was held accountable for their decisions.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Read the last paragraph again.

I grew up with Danielle, but didn't know dude. My friends do and by all accounts he is the skeeziest of the skeeze. Probably more to the story. If their isn't, I totally agree with you.

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