No charges for man linked to 2 heroin ODs


HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — The man who lived in a Hudsonville home where two of his friends died of heroin overdoses will not face charges.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office spent a year trying to determine whether Blake Windham was running a drug house or if his friends’ deaths were simply coincidences.

In the end, Windham was cleared of any criminal responsibility in the deaths of 28-year-old Corey Dykstra and 31-year-old Jordon Bauer.

In February of 2013, Dykstra had been found dead on the couch of Windham’s home in the 4400 block of Stable Drive in Jamestown Township. On March 1, 2013, Bauer was found in nearly the same spot. Both died of a drug overdose related to heroin.

Windham, 28, was brought in for questioning after Bauer died.

“It’s important for you to be truthful about what we’re  going to talk about, and the reason is because there are some inconsistencies that I see,” a detective told Windham, the recording of his interview shows.

“He (Bauer) said, ‘Hey, I got some ‘H’ (heroin),'” Windham told the detective. “I said ‘Okay.’ He said, ‘Do you wanna do any?'”

When police searched Windham’s home, they found pills, belts that had been used as a tourniquets, and a spoon and ashes in the sink.

Windham admitted to using heroin in the home. But in order to charge him with maintaining a drug house, detectives would have to prove he was providing the drugs — which he denied.

Text messages show  Bauer was texting unknown numbers about getting drugs. Police found a needle and other drug paraphernalia in his car.

They wondered whether Windham had access to that car after Bauer’s death.

“When he stayed with you, where would he keep his keys? What would he do with them,” a detective questioned.

“His car keys, he always had them on him,” Windham replied.

“Why were his keys in his car this morning?” the detective asked.

“I didn’t know they were,” Windham said.

The sheriff’s and prosecutor’s offices determined there was no evidence Windham was running a drug house.

“Do you feel you’re responsible in any way?” the detective asked Windham.

“I don’t feel responsible in any way,” Windham said. “I didn’t force Jordon to shoot heroin or force anybody to do anything, so I don’t feel responsible in that way. But it’s really hard — how do I put this? — It’s doing a number on my psyche.”

Windham has moved out of the house where Dykstra and Bauer died. His family said he’s happy he has been cleared, but was never worried. He has said all along they were his friends, not his clients.

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