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Woman in heroin overdose case pleads not guilty to delivery

GRAND FORKS -- A Grand Forks woman linked to a drug overdose death has pleaded not guilty to delivery of heroin. Kiesha Storm Lytle, 24, waived her preliminary hearing Wednesday in Grand Forks District Court, where she appeared on the Class A fel...

GRAND FORKS -- A Grand Forks woman linked to a drug overdose death has pleaded not guilty to delivery of heroin.

Kiesha Storm Lytle, 24, waived her preliminary hearing Wednesday in Grand Forks District Court, where she appeared on the Class A felony charge, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. Her next court appearance is Sept. 29.

The charge stems from a medical call that Grand Forks Police responded to shortly after 8:30 a.m. June 12 in the 600 block of North 39th Street. At first, Lytle told police there were no drugs in the apartment, according to an affidavit of probable cause, but she eventually said she bought heroin for her and an unidentified man to inject with a needle, according to court documents.

The man was taken to Altru Hospital, where he was pronounced dead that day. Lytle was arrested several hours later but is not facing charges regarding the man’s death.

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