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Elkhart man charged with reckless homicide

An Elkhart man was arrested for reckless homicide and dealing in controlled substances.
Posted on Dec. 10, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

ELKHART — An Elkhart man charged with reckless homicide in a drug dealing case was arrested Sunday, Dec. 8, on a warrant.

Charges of reckless homicide, a Class C felony, and two counts of dealing in a controlled substance, both Class B felonies, had been filed against Devon Vanhorn, 22, since August. A warrant for his arrest was filed in Elkhart Superior Court 3.

According to the probable cause affidavit for Vanhorn’s arrest, police were called to an apartment at 1907 North Silver Maple Lane, to a death investigation.

Kenneth Thacker was found dead on a bed in a bedroom of the apartment. An autopsy was performed and the pathologist confirmed Thacker had overdosed.

Madison Bails, who identified herself as Thacker’s girlfriend, told detectives that Thacker had taken Xanax and Klonopin pills while at Vanhorn’s apartment.

Detective James Anderson called Vanhorn, who said he took Thacker to his apartment. By then, Vanhorn said, Thacker was already “messed up.” Vanhorn said Thacker had already taken three Xanax pills, and that while at Vanhorn’s apartment, Thacker took three Klonopin pills.

Vanhorn denied having given Thacker any pills, but he said Thacker later that same day took two or three methadone pills.

Bails later called Vanhorn, who told her he had a prescription for Xanax, Klonopin and Methadone. She also found a handwritten note next to Thacker’s bedside that said, “If you start to feel sick or nauseous: lay flat on floor or bed (without pillow,) completely still, with eyes closed for an hour.”

Brandy Leer, Thacker’s friend, said she confronted Vanhorn and recorded their conversation.

In the recording, Vanhorn said he gave Thacker four Klonopin pills and four methadone pills, and that by then Thacker “was already zonked.” Vanhorn also told Leer he had sold Thacker “methadone and stuff before.”

Vanhorn bailed out of the Elkhart County jail Sunday, shortly after he was arrested. An initial hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 26 at Elkhart Superior Court 3, according to the jail website.


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