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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Police and courts reporter

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.

(16) comments

coolhandluke

Just wondering how many people know that heroin users have to find the drug that often kills them. this woman did not force anyone to do anything and speaking from a place of recovery I can tell you for certain that when a new batch comes into town anybody who doesn't want to end up dead is very careful with it. Now real question is, what is incarcerating this woman going to do, will it bring Casey back? will it stop people from selling and using? She broke the law and should be punished but locking her up and throwing away the key is going to do nothing aside from essentially losing another life, maybe she is a life long criminal so that may not be so bad, but in a lot of these cases the people who sell directly to users are not the distributors who are making money hand over fist, they are addicts themselves trying to feed their own habit. I was very close friends with Casey growing up and can say that I don't think he would want her going to prison for this, also not sure how race came into this conversation but it has as much to do with this situation as say sexual orientation or something like that.

Climatehoax

Ok, so what's the solution? How often does rehab work? She certainly shouldn't be on the street maybe killing another person. Some people aren't fit for society, I had a neighbor who had 3.5 pages of 'stuff' on the circuit court website, 25 items per page. Why in the he// is he still out of prison? Unfit for society, some people NEED to put far away for everyone else's safety.

Climatehoax

Race became an issue because tower is a race baiter who thinks if you're white you should not be allowed to criticize a black person, blacks are supposed to be above criticism.

Clarification

No one wakes up one morning and decides to be an addict. Keep up the recovery and keep informing people that this is not as simple a situation as it looks.

real life Justice

Ok Mayor's Kabat, Medinger you want the white folk of La Crosse apologise to the black folks how they are treated WHY. Look at the poor white boy crack head who died because another Black drug dealer gave him the drugs to assist him in his death. Aug of 15 Black drug dealer Kills a Juv. gunned him down on green bay street in broad daylight. Any one Killed a female druggy on the north side behind Jeff's cycle repair shop. Terminate the drug dealers and you will have a better community.

Bullflap

We need a mandatory death penalty for drug dealers.

chucker

Day's Inn becoming a Doper Inn , and she looks like such a nice girl too , so what she's a dope dealer !! and come on Dude's stop buying dope & killing yourself !!

ou812

tower, you are the racist, I don't care what color she is, its going to cost the taxpayers.People with higher IQS than you ride the short bus.

tower

And I see the local Klan Klavern is in session tonight. Funny, I didn't see one comment from any of you rednecks after the white guy got shot in a drug deal, or the high white guy who got shot attacking police, or the white guys arrested in a major drug bust.

Climatehoax

I don't see one comment about the color of her skin moron, we're all commenting on her ACTIONS. Race baiter, YOU'RE the one bringing race to the conversation. No brain liberal!

ou812

just think what she will cost the tax payers.

butler444

If Ramona had a daughter she would be just like Potts. ..or the longlegged MacDaddy that just left office.

Climatehoax

Now if she is jailed, Trump won't pardon her, unlike his predecessor who didn't think drug dealers are criminals

YellowBee

Well I think she should be called a murderer. After all she did sell or gave him the drug that killed him.

random annoying bozo

we have tread lightly here, to be politically correct, she shouldn't be called a drug dealer, but rather she is should be called an undocumented pharmacist.

deezus

LMAO

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