Prosecutors Monday charged a La Crosse woman with homicide for dealing the drugs that killed a man in August.

Takeyhia Potts, 37, is charged with first-degree reckless homicide under the state’s Len Bias law, which holds drug dealers accountable in fatal overdose cases.

Casey Eggen’s roommate discovered him dead on a basement mattress at 624 Island St. on Aug. 26, according to the complaint filed in La Crosse County Circuit Court. He was 26.

Near his body, authorities found needles and a powder that tested positive for heroin and fentanyl, the drugs that caused his death.

On his cellphone were drug-related text messages to Potts, including an exchange at 7:37 p.m. Aug. 25 in which she told him to come to her hotel room, according to the complaint.

A text message sent from his phone to a friend at 9:12 p.m. Aug. 25 read, “OMG YES PLEASE BE CAREFUL I AM REALLY (EXPLETIVE) UP ALREADY”

Potts learned of Eggen’s death during a recorded call from a La Crosse County Jail inmate on Aug. 28.

“I just gave him some (expletive) the other day dude … damn, I just told him not to do too much of that (expletive),” she said on the call.

A witness said she drove Eggen to the Days Inn in the town of Campbell on Aug. 25 to buy heroin from Potts, the complaint stated. Eggen warned the woman that the heroin was potent and said that he had overdosed a day earlier.

Potts faces three open felony cases for seven crimes, including possessing and delivering methamphetamine. She is jailed on a $20,000 cash bond.

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Anne Jungen covers law enforcement and the criminal justice system in La Crosse County. She joined the Tribune reporting staff in December 2005. You can contact her directly at ajungen@lacrossetribune.com or 608-791-8224.

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