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Not guilty plea in heroin death charges

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) — A Madison man accused in the heroin overdose death of a University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point student has pleaded not guilty to first-degree reckless homicide.

Twenty-one-year-old Charlie Phillips-Moore entered the plea Monday in Portage County Circuit Court after a judge ruled prosecutors presented enough evidence during a preliminary hearing to justify the charge.

Prosecutors say Phillips-Moore sold the heroin to a Hancock man who sold it to Peterson shortly before he died in November 2013. Erik Olsen is facing a similar charge in Peterson’s death. He has also pleaded not guilty.

WAOW-TV reports Peterson was found dead in his off-campus home by a roommate. No trial date was immediately set.

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