Drug dealer sentenced, father charged in woman's heroin overdose death

Milwaukee man ordered to serve eight years in prison; father of Town of Grafton woman accused of homicide

Davion J. Poe (left) and Terry L. Hibbard
By 
BILL SCHANEN IV
Ozaukee Press staff

Ozaukee County District Attorney Adam Gerol intends to hold two men responsible for the overdose death of a 32-year-old Town of Grafton woman last year — the Milwaukee drug dealer who was sentenced Wednesday, March 21, to eight years in prison for selling Taralyn Hibbard the heroin that contributed to her death and Hibbard’s father, who was charged Wednesday with first-degree reckless homicide.

Terry L. Hibbard, 60, of the Town of Grafton, told authorities he regularly drove his daughter to Milwaukee to buy heroin, as he did on July 9, the day before she was found dead of an overdose, according to the criminal complaint.

Judge Sandy Williams set Hibbard’s bail at $50,000 during a Thursday, March 22, hearing.

The man who sold heroin to Ms. Hibbard, Davion J. Poe, 26, pleaded guilty earlier this month to first-degree reckless homicide.

In addition to eight years in prison, Judge Joseph Voiland, who followed the recommendation of prosecutors, sentenced Poe to 10 years of extended supervision and ordered him to pay $2,500 in restitution to Ms. Hibbard’s mother to reimburse her for her daughter’s funeral expenses.

On Monday, July 10, a friend of Ms. Hibbard’s called 911 to report she had found Hibbard unresponsive in her bed in a home on North Port Washington Road. The friend said Ms. Hibbard struggled with heroin addiction and had been living with her for the last three months, according to the criminal complaint.

Found near Ms. Hibbard were syringes, makeshift tourniquets and other drug paraphernalia, as well as Narcan, a medication that blocks the effects of opioid drugs and is used to revive overdose victims. According to a text message authorities later found on Hibbard’s phone, she overdosed just days before her death and was revived with Narcan administered by her father, the complaint states.

The forensic pathologist who performed an autopsy said that while a final cause of death is pending toxicology tests, it appeared to be a drug overdose, according to the complaint.

Authorities examined Hibbard’s cell phone and found a text exchange about how to buy drugs with a subject listed as Daddy, who investigators learned was Hibbard’s father Terry, the complaint states. Also found on the phone was a text message exchange with a person named Cheese about buying $60 of heroin, the complaint states.

Authorities interviewed Mr. Hibbard, who said his daughter had bought heroin from a dealer named Cheese, who authorities later identified as Poe. When asked how he knew that, Mr. Hibbard said he had driven her to Milwaukee to buy the drug as he usually did once or twice a week, according to the complaint.

Mr. Hibbard said that on Sunday, July 9, he drove his daughter to 60th Street north of Good Hope Road, where they met Poe. He said his daughter got into Poe’s car and purchased $60 of heroin, which he described as “really potent,” the complaint states. He said he did not give his daughter money to buy the heroin.

Mr. Hibbard said he and his daughter went home, where she gave him a “line to snort.” He said she kept the rest of the heroin, adding that “she always did a lot,” according to the complaint.

Mr. Hibbard said the last time he saw his daughter was midnight the day she died.

Working with agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and Mr. Hibbard, the Ozaukee County Drug Unit set up two undercover drug buys in which Mr. Hibbard purchased heroin from Poe.

Poe and Hibbard were charged under the Len Bias law, which is named for the University of Maryland basketball star who died of a cocaine overdose two days after being drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1986. It allows prosecutors to charge suspected drug dealers with reckless homicide in connection with the deaths of people they supplied drugs to.    

First-degree reckless homicide is punishable by a maximum 25 years in prison and 15 years of extended supervision.

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